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50th Anniversary Concert
Must-Have for Franck sonata fanciers. Ricci, past his prime here, still has a sense of urgency and when 'on' (he has some lapses, including a memory one), hones in on the notes to give them more life than most violinists. Argerich does a Franck that has more presence and a bit more freedom than on the cds with Maisky and, certainly, Galway (who seems to hold her back). The Prokofiev D can't compare to the one with Kremer, however. This is still a must for me, due to the piano in the Franck.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Martha Argerich's Bach has surprised many. See user-reviews a Amazon.
Bach: Cello Sonatas / Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich
The Bach will not be to purists' ears, but is certainly musical.
Bartók, Liszt, Prokofiev / Martha Argerich, Collins, et al
Bartok: See Duo Piano and Piano Concertos sections.
Beethoven: Cellosonaten Op 69, 102 & 105, etc / Maisky, Argerich
This also includes Op.102, no. 2., Twelve Variations on a Theme from Handel's "Judas Maccabeus,'
Beethoven: Cellosonaten Op 5, Variationen / Maisky, Argerich
See Full Set (2 CDs) to get this another way. (Label Out Of Stock)
[Beethoven] Complete Beethoven Edition Vol 8 - Cello Sonatas
Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Argerich, Sinopoli ~
Beethoven/Haydn: Piano Concertos (2 / 11) / Argerich, EMI, 1983. ALTERNATE- Fanfare (re full set), 3/99
See Full Set also.Beethoven: Violinsonaten nos. 6-8 / Kremer, Argerich
Ludwig van Beethoven(Composer), et al / Audio CD / Released 1995
Review - Gramophone, 1/95
Review - Fanfare (1/96)
Review - Fanfare (re full set) 3/99
They really play with this music and the results are electric.
Beethoven: Violin Sonatas nos 9 & 10 / Kremer, Argerich
An absolute Must-Have. Searing, tender readings
Complete Beethoven Edition Vol 7 - Violin Sonatas - best price
Centenary Edition Vol 10 (1988-1997)
Argerich's contribution to this set is the Schumann Quintet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Opus 44:3rd movement, Scherzo.   The Quintet can be found, whole, on her 2-CD Schumann chamber music box-set of concerts in Holland.
Chopin Compact Edition- Preludes, Etc / Martha Argerich
A Must-Have, but some will prefer a mellower approach in some spots.
Chopin Compact Edition- Sonata for Cello and Piano, etc
Really beautiful playing. Why haven't they made another one together? This disc also includes two ballades played by Richter.
Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Martha Argerich, with Charles Dutoit conducting the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, on EMI - Also at MyMusic-Canada
Chopin, Liszt: Piano Concertos / Argerich, Abbado, London SO
Beautiful, improvisatory-like playing. The Chopin is as good as you'll ever hear, though I now somewhat prefer the more expansive new version, with Dutoit, just released. Of course, those who'd prefer a more metronomic approach and less spontaneity should look elsewhere. The Liszt has gorgeous moments as well. This shouldn't be missed.
Chopin: Great Chopin Performers
Debussy: See Duo Piano section or Cello Sonatas section.
Duo Piano Extravaganza - Martha Argerich and Friends
Great stuff here for those attuned to modern sounds. Also, I prefer the Rachmaninoff Suite #2 with Freire, over the later available one with Rabinovich, for its straightforward zest.
Falla: Noches en los Jardines de Espańa; et al / Barenboim
(For Franck, also see Ricci.)
Interesting to hear the Franck on the cello. The Debussy can also be heard on a VHS tape that is now and then made available, on the Kultur label, but that is presently out of stock at most places again
Franck, Prokofiev, Reinecke: Flute Sonatas / James Galway
These are a bit too relaxed for my own taste. It's interesting to hear these played on flute, however, and I'm always interested in Argerich's subtle modifications of 'accompaniment' style to suit the soloist.
Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Martha Argerich Vol I, 2-CD set, on Philips
Argerich's best-selling concerto recordings, plus Bach's Partita #2 and her dazzling Ravel Sonatine, which I don't see available on single CD anymore, as well as the crystalline Gaspard de la nuit.
Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Martha Argerich Vol 2
Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Complete Guide, Sampler, Limited Edition, Philips, 2-CD set
This is a beautifully packaged sampler and is a good way to hear a bit from each recording in this much-discussed series. The first link is to Amazon because of their additional user reviews. Both links here (CDnow has taken over MusicBlvd) give good track details and have audio samples(For "Haydn" see Shostakovich/Haydn" CD.)
Kreisler: Liebeslied, with Gidon Kremer
The EMI "Legendary 1965 Recording" was released 5/18/99. It contains material similar to an out-of-release (in U.S.) DG solo recording from the '60s.
Martha Argerich - Début Recital
Martha Argerich Collection - 11 CD set
Eleven CDs. This contains recordings hard to get in single-CD format these days. Among those are several Ravel works: Scarbo; Rapsodie espagnole; Malaguena
Mendelssohn: Violin and Piano Concerto in D Minor, etc
Gramophone describes the 14-yr old Mendelssohn's imaginative energy and technical skill as "dazzling" and the piece, when played with the exuberance heard here, "enormously enjoyable."
Mozart: Piano Concertos no 10, 19 & 20 , with Rabinovich and Faerber, released on Teldec
Mozart: Sonatas / Martha Argerich, Alexandre Rabinovitch
Very sprightly with lots of color and verve. There are, for my own taste, too many sudden ritards in the Sonata in D Major for 2 pianos (I'm also especially fond of the Lupu/Perahia interpretation) and the music can seem a bit pushed and pulled (Rabinovitch's influence?), but this seems to happen mainly in the D Major, and I enjoy the other tracks. It could be I'm just used to a more straight approach for Mozart and will listen again.
(For Prokofiev, also see Ricci and Saratoga Chamber Music.)
These were recorded after concerts played in NY and Montreal, 1997. I've heard that the Prokofiev 3rd was taken at a slower pace chosen by Dutoit and not Argerich's preference. There is more detail brought out though. The Prokofiev 1st is wonderfully intense.
Prokofiev, Ravel: Piano Concerti / Argerich, Abbado (BPO), et al
A Basic CD. Every Ravel concerto in G I've heard her play has a first movement that's unusually propulsive , with a spirit that is Jazz itself. Astounding playing in that first movement. The slow movement has less pedal than I've heard in her live performances but it's probably hall acoustics.(Also see Tchaikovsky/Prokofiev CD.)
Prokofiev: Violinsonaten, 5 Melodien / Kremer, Argerich
Highly recommended. Kremer does the most sensual Prokofiev playing I've ever heard coaxed from a violin. These two take you on quite a romp - one of my favorite chamber music recordings.(For "Prometheus" see Scriabin.)
Rachmaninoff 3, Tchaikovsky 1 /Chailly, Kondrashin
Essential. The Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #3 in live performance is already legendary. The Tchaikowsky Concerto #1 is intense, though I prefer the 1994 Tchaikowsky with Abbado for its mixture of intensity and lyricism and the communication between orchestra and soloist. So while this is prime, also consider the 1994 Tchaikowsky with Abbado for what I think is the best Tchaikowsky #1 she's recorded -- that one from live performance and rehearsals. See last entry on this list for more on that recording.
Philips 50: Rachmaninoff 3 (w/Chailly), Rachmaninoff Suite for 2 pianos
Newly (again) remastered.
Rachmaninoff: Suites Op 5 & 17, Symphonic Dances Op 45
With Rabinovich. Sparkling. But again, more sudden ritards than I like. This seems to happen in recordings with Rabinovich. I've preferred the renditions on laserdisc (Berlin) and on VHS (France) with Freire, but both are currently unavailable. Definitely more than worthwhile, however, for Rachmaninoff- or 4-hand-repertoire fanciers. Lionel Choi prefers this recording, however.
Ravel: See Piano Concerto in G, with Abbado (BPO)
Gramophone's "CH" grumbles over this 1984 recording of the Ravel Concerto in G. This recording also contains the Concerto for Left Hand in D, played by Michel Beroff.
Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione; Schumann: Fantasiestücke - UK ONLY now. (Out of print in U.S.) ALSO available at Crotchet, and quicker too. At Crotchet, put in search terms COMPOSER: schubert and ARTIST: argerich
Schumann, R.: Fantasie in C, Op.17/Fantasiestücke Op.12 nr.1-8
This is my favorite solo CD from Argerich.
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana / Martha Argerich
Very beautifully played, with a wide range of quickly shifting moods given their due and then some. One of my favorite albums.
Schumann: Klavierquartett, etc / Argerich, Rabinovitch, etc
A Must-Have for chamber music aficionados. A killer chamber music set
Schumann: Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto / Argerich, Kremer
Beautiful (but turn it up -loud- to get full effect). Led by Harnoncourt, this takes a few minutes to get used to, soundwise, but then it takes off, the piano concerto sounding even more improvisatory in feel than in many prior recordings I've loved (with Rostropovich and with Celibidache, on Italian live-performance CDs) though some inner detail is lost with the distanced miking. It was recorded live July 1992.
Scriabin: Promethee - Le Poeme du feu
Gramophone excerpt: "The sound again has impressive presence (all four performances were taped live at the Philharmonie during May 1993) yet the disc's real tour de force—both sonically and musically—is Scriabin's Promethean effusion, his Poem of Fire.
Shostakovich, Haydn: Piano Concerti
Wonderfully playful rendition of the Shostakovich Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra, op. 35. The Haydn Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D is not exactly period-performance, especially in its ornamentation, but I enjoy it for the modern rendition it is, from a musician who is at home with dance-based music.
The Strauss Burleske in DVD is now available.
Rip-roaring 'Burleske in d minor.' The virtuoso (Hans von Bulow) for whom Strauss wrote the piece complained that it was too difficult and refused to take the time to learn it.. Eugen d'Albert, another pupil of Liszt, played it with Strauss at the podium but was granted his requests that the score be cut and the solo part simplified. Argerich seems to have no such problems with the score as written, however. Strauss would have been happy.
Stravinsky: Les Noces, Mass / Leonard Bernstein
Tchaikovsky Compact Edition- Piano and Violin Concertos
A chance to hear Argerich's Piano Concerto #1 under Dutoit, coupled with Gidon Kremer's Violin Concerto under Maazel.
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto 1; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto 3 ~
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto 1, etc / Argerich, Abbado
This is, for me, the most galvanic and expressive performance on record of this otherwise overplayed concerto. It was edited from three performances and rehearsals in Berlin, 1994 (thanks to Nestor from Miami for this information), and is notable for the chamber music give and take you seldom hear between soloist and a large orchestra. It's absolutely electric and full of unexpected lyricism in even the fastest passages. My favorite Argerich concerto recording, even though I've never liked the piece that much. What is ironic is that, with this interpretation, I hear many things that are new and really beautiful. I'm awe-struck by this one.
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