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Martha Argerich-the Collection 3 Box set
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When Deutsche Grammophon released the first volume (of solo recitals) in this series to celebrate the recordings of Martha Argerich, it became a best-seller. This was followed by a collection of the pianist's concerto recordings, and now, the third collection of chamber ensemble works will be released. The CDs are packaged with original LP-cover artwork along with new liner notes and a host of rare photos and each recording has been newly mastered to ensure the highest quality listening experience.
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Sonata for 2 pianos, percussion & orchestra, BB 121, Sz. 115
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Variations on a theme by Haydn for two pianos, Op. 56b 'St Anthony Variations'
Cinderella, Op. 87
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Ma Mère l'Oye
La Valse (for 2 pianos)
Rondo for piano duet in A major, D951
Fantasiestücke in A minor for Piano Trio, Op. 88
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 'In Memory of a Great Artist'
The pianist's collaborators are nothing less than stellar in their own right: Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Yuri Bashmet, Nicolas Economou, Mikhail Pletnev, and Nelson Freire. I believe that I've reviewed all of these performances individually, but looking over the list now, I must say that each and every recording could be considered best in class, an astonishing claim considering how wide-ranging Argerich's repertoire is on these CDs. As you can see, there's a predominance of piano duets, a form that Argerich favors almost to surfeit; you can get duplications of these works on EMI and other labels, with various partners gathered from her summer festival in Lugano. but she is so attuned to Economou, Pletnev and Freire that no one could be better. the major two-piano music that is absent are Rachmaninov's two Suites. I find Argerich too hectic in those works, but you can judge for ourself by seeking out her versions on Teldec (both suites) and EMI (Suite no. 2).
I suppose I deserve an Unehlpful when I declare that I can't pick a favorite from this box set. But an embarrassment of riches is the best kind of embarrassment, when all is said and done.
I'm a little less enthusiastic about the piano duets here. There are two accounts of a piano version of the Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances which seems like overkill for a transcription that doesn't really reproduce the orchestral colors of the original. There are some movements from the Nutcracker which are interesting for being different and some Prokofiev.
Overall, really good deal to get this box at the advertised price.