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Martha Argerich

Sunday, May 29, 2016


Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

May 23

Daniel Barenboim: My life with Martha Argerich

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped discThe conductor has written an affecting memoir of his life history with his fellow-Argentine pianist. I’ve known Martha Argerich since 1949. There was a house in Buenos Aires, owned by a former violinist and businessman, where chamber music was played every Friday. All the great musicians who came to Argentina – Adolph Busch, Igor Markevitch, Sergiu Celibidache – could be found there. That’s where I first met Martha. I was seven, she was eight. We played together underneath the piano…. There is hardly anyone I have known for so long. Read on here (auf Deutsch).

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

Today

Just in: Martha Argerich festival faces closure

It has been announced that next month’s Lugano festival of Martha Argerich and friends will be the last. The BSI back had given notice that it was pulling out after 15 years and no other sponsor has been found. Martha, who is 75 next month, made the festival a unique setting for informal music making, far into the night. It’s a sad way to end.




My Classical Notes

May 15

Early Recordings by Martha Argerich

Yes, I am a great fan of this amazing artist. I would not be surprised if she is among the top five pianists that I share with you on a regular basis. in June, 2016, Ms Argerich will celebrate her 75th birthday! These early recordings are intended to celebrate with her. The tracks on this collection are: Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3, recorded in WDR Cologne, 8 September 1960 Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K576 ‘Hunt’, recorded WDR, Cologne, 23 January 1960 Prokofiev: Toccata in D minor, Op. 11, recorded NDR Hamburg, 16 March 1960 Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28, recorded NDR Hamburg, 16 March 1960 Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83, recorded WDR Cologne, 31 October 1967 Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit! recorded NDR Hamburg, 16 March 1960 Sonatine, recorded WDR Cologne, 8 September 1960 Performed by Martha Argerich (piano) Martha Argerich’s amazing early recordings, released here for the first time, include sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven that appear nowhere else in her earlier recordings. And Prokofiev’s Third Sonata is also a recording première. This set displaying the young virtuoso includes her first recordings of Ravel’s Gaspard and his Sonatine, as well as Prokofiev Seventh Sonata, full of mystery and excitement. They show her to be an eloquent and imaginative artist at the age of 18, already at the peak of her pianistic capabilities. Here is Ms. Argerich in Prokofiev’s beautiful piano concerto number 3:



Guardian

May 4

Martha Argerich: Live from Lugano CD review – real sense of occasion for 'friends' compilation

Argerich/Zilberstein/Hubert/Mogilevsky/Kovacevich/Meyer etc (Warner Classics, three CDs)The releases of recordings from the Progetto Martha Argerich, the festival over which the great lady presides each June in the Swiss resort of Lugano, have become one of the most reliable annual fixtures in the CD calendar. The latest compilation is more or less the mixture as before, bringing together musicians from several generations with whom Argerich has worked regularly or whose careers she has closely monitored, and featuring a range of mainstream chamber works as well as historical rarities and arrangements for multiple pianos.Argerich fans are always looking for additions to her personal discography, too, and they get a couple here. She joins Lilya Zilberstein in Debussy’s two-piano arrangement of Schumann’s Six Canonic Studies Op 56, originally written for pedal piano; and with Eduardo Hubert as the other soloist and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana under Alexander Vedernikov, she takes on Porteña (Latitude 34° 36° 30°), for two pianos and orchestra, a rather gruesome, sub-Piazzolla portrait of Buenos Aires by film-score composer Luis Bacalov. Otherwise, she partners Alexander Mogilevsky in Schubert’s Variations in A flat, D813, the violinist Géza Hosszu-Legocky in an arrangement of Bartok’s Romanian Dances, and joins Stephen Kovacevich for a rather stormy, fierce account of Debussy’s En Blanc et Noir, a work they recorded together in the 1970s. Continue reading...

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