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Pno Ctos 1/3

R-Berlin Radi Argerich/Chailly Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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1. Piano Concerto No.3 In D Minor, Op.30: 1. Allegro ma non tanto
2. Piano Concerto No.3 In D Minor, Op.30: 2. Intermezzo. Adagio
3. Piano Concerto No.3 In D Minor, Op.30: 3. Finale. Alla breve
4. Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23: 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
5. Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23: 1. Andantino simplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
6. Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23: 3. Allegro con fuoco

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Martha Argerich's reputation is secure. She will go down in history as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, touching everything she does with a scorching genius. And of her all-too-few recordings, this is one of the most celebrated: live performances of two of the great warhorses of the piano concerto repertoire, here transformed into the sleekest, most finely honed of racehorses. Tantalisingly, her Rachmaninov Third had to wait 13 years before it was issued, but when it finally arrived no one was in any doubt that it had been worth the wait. Its epic 45-minute span emerges here as a single stream of consciousness, with the finale as brilliantly explosive as you'll ever hear it. In the Tchaikovsky (from two years earlier), too, it doesn't matter that the opening is one of the most hackneyed things in all music--Argerich's performance is a one-off. High praise should also be heaped upon conductors and orchestras for keeping up with this most volatile of artists without upset. There is no need to hesitate: if you love these pieces, this recording demands a place on your shelves. --Harriet Smith

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dolce con molto Fuoco Sept. 27 2003
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I have quite a few recordings of the Rach 3 by various pianists. Each artist delivers an exquisite and unique interpretation. By far, my personal favorite is performed by Ms. Martha Argerich.
WARNING: Your speakers may burst into flames by the power and passion delivered by Ms. Martha Argerich.
Another favorite of mine (on DVD: The Cliburn - Playing on the Edge) is performed by Ms. Olga Kern. At 26, she tackles the Rach 3 and leaves you in awe.
Check out both performances. You will not regret it. Both are essential for your collection.
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If you translate speed as 'firestorm' and 'rollercoaster ride' etc, as has been previously noted, and if you look for mainly rollercoasters and firestorms in the music of Rachmaninov, then
you will likely very much enjoy this cd. If, however, you require an expression of the Rachmaninov sensibility that can also be found in his other works, then it is my opinion that this interpretation is lacking in that area. Argerich does very well for herself and the music in the slower passages of this concerto, expressing the insight to Rachmaninov that she seems to lose sight of in the bravura passages. It also seems to me that she creates a bit of a muddle when she gives equal balance to her left hand where, in my opinion, the right hand should take precedence. This occassional lack of balance does not at all seem to be a technical error, but rather an interpretive one which results in the loss of sensibility and emotional continuity throughout the piece. Well, in any case, it is gratifying to see some of the reviewers take so much enjoyment in this recording. My only wish is that, in their enthusiasm for Ms Argerich' interpretation of the R3, they would not seem to exclude other interpretations that take a different perspective on the music(specifically the fine Ashkenazy). As to the Tchaikovsky: Although the engineering is lacking in self evident
ways, and with the exception a hard to ignore klunker in
the opening sequence of the concerto, Argerich does fine work
and shows the panache needed in this Tchaikovsky showpiece.
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Some complain about the recording balances on this disk. I suppose they have a point. It is a live recording and sometimes you have to take what you can get. At times things do sound a bit strange, but focus on the playing instead and you should be able to get over the recording issues in a hurry. This is exciting playing.
If you compare these versions to, say, Horowitz's recordings of these pieces (and I think that is the league Argerich is playing in), you will find a different kind of virtuosity. To me Horowitz at his peak still has greater control and especially more power, but it is just a matter of degree.
Argerich has a certain kind of mad excitement in these performances that make them her own. She has fabulous technical control that feels like it is always on the edge of falling off the track, but she never does. Just breathtaking!
These are two of the great piano concertos and Argerich is one of the great pianists. These performances are memorable, maybe recorded less than perfectly, but still recordings you will want to have in your collection. I have listened to this disk many times and still find it exhilarating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Recordings Nov. 5 2002
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This recording of the Third Piano Concerto of Rachmaninoff was touted as "the ultimate Rachmaninoff 3rd." Actually, Martha Argerich did not want this performance released because of the mistakes she had made. One would have to be a pianist of Ms. Argerich's caliber to find her mistakes. The passion and brilliance she brings to this performance far outweighs any errors, and this is a performance that has come to be regarded as a standard against which to compare new recording. Riccardo Chailly and the RSO Berlin provide magnificent support.
The Tchaikovsky First is played with similar brilliance and energy. I also have Ms. Argerich's earlier recording of this concerto from the 1960s (on DG) and would say that this performance is broader and less driven than the former. Ms. Argerich indeed likes to push the orchestra's tempo but I think she holds back a bit here and is more relaxed. She gets great support from Kirill Kondrashin and the Bayerischen Rundfunks players.
As has been pointed out, these are live recordings and have been digitally remastered, but I found the sound quality to be excellent. The audience is quiet during the performances; there is applause at the end of each concerto.
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4.0 out of 5 stars wild and exciting (perhaps too so) Feb. 3 2002
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These are very interesting recordings of two of the great Romantic piano concertos. They are both very fast recordings (though contrary to the editorial review, not as fast as Horowitz's seminal recordings with either Reiner or Barbirolli). Martha Argerich plays like a woman possessed which at times appears lacking in sensitivity or control. For instance, the chordal cadenza of the 1st movement of the Rachmaninoff sounds clumsy, and the flashy pianistic climax of the finale of the Tchaikovsky feels overly rushed. However, there are times, especially in the finale of the Rachmaninoff and the intermezzo of the Tchaikovsky, during which her style works wonderfully and shows unparalleled virtuosity. Overall the recordings are very satisfying, despite occasional mistakes and lapses in timing between the piano and orchestra. However, I have mentioned Vladimir Horowitz and I simply cannot recommend these recordings above his performances with Reiner (Rachmaninoff) and Toscanini (Tchaikovsky in the legendary War Bond concert). As an addition to those recordings though, this CD is a fine purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two legendary performances by a legedary pianist
Martha Argerich's Rachmaninov piano concerto no 3 recording is certainly one of the fastest, and most exciting ones I have ever listened to. Read more
Published on June 9 2003 by Christian Dawson
2.0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere for better recordings
I purchased this CD based upon many favorable reviews on Amazon.com and by Argerichï¿s success with the concertos of Prokofiev and Ravel. Read more
Published on April 24 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Argerich is Argerich
No one could possibly be prepared for the firestorm of piano playing on this disc. Both pieces are often played, often recorded, but rarely with the electricity here. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2002 by Bruce Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars Value for money, 2 great concertos in 1 CD
I first noticed Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.3 via the movie "Shine". When I sampled this Argerich recording in the CD Shop, I was stunned by the Argerich's skill. Read more
Published on July 22 2002 by Long Distance Voyager
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Recording of Rach 3rd
Let me tell you that I was totally shocked when hearing this piece, the last movement in particular. It is an unhuman performance. Read more
Published on March 28 2002 by Xiao He
This single, mid-priced disc is definitely one of Argerich's greatest achievements (I recently bought the "Martha Argerich Collection" (DG), and this is so from my point... Read more
Published on March 10 2002 by Frejlich, Pedro Walmsley
4.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic and Explosive - a different take
John Grabowski's comments above really struck a chord with me. Upon first hearing this CD, my first reaction was "what the hell did Argerich do to the beauty of... Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2001 by B. T. Byrd
4.0 out of 5 stars Over the Top
Argerich certainly leaves nothing on the table here. Even after reading numerous reviews of these performances, I was not prepared for the velocity and attack that hit me. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2001 by Robert J. Sullivan Jr.
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