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Martha Argerich: The Debut Recital: Liszt Sonata in B Minor

Martha Argerich , Chopin , Brahms , Liszt , Ravel , et al. Audio CD
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1. No. 3 C Sharp Minor, Op.39: Scherzo No. 3 In C Sharp Minor, Op.39
2. Rhapsody, Op.79: No.1 Agitato In B Minor
3. Rhapsody, Op. 79: No. 2 Molto passionato, ma non troppo allegro In G Minor
4. Toccata, Op. 11
5. Jeux D'Eau: Tres doux
6. Barcarole In F Sharp Major, Op. 60
7. Hungarian Rhapsody No.6: Tempo Giusto - Presto - Andante - Allegro - Presto
8. Sonata For Piano In B Minor: Lento assai - Allegro energico
9. Sonata For Piano In B Minor: Grandioso
10. Sonata For Piano In B Minor: Cantando espressivo
11. Sonata For Piano In B Minor: Pesante - Recitativo
12. Sonata For Piano In B Minor: Andante sostenuto
13. Sonata For Piano In B Minor: Quasi Adagio
14. Sonata For Piano In B Minor: Allegro energico
15. Sonata For Piano In B Minor: Piu mosso
16. Sonata For Piano In B Minor: Cantando espressivo senza slentare
17. Sonata For Piano In B Minor: Stretta quasi Presto -- Presto -- Prestissimo
18. Sonata For Piano In B Minor: Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Lento assai

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Imaginez, vous êtes en 1965, Martha Argerich vient de remporter brillamment le fameux concours Frédéric-Chopin de Varsovie et donne son premier récital consacré à ce compositeur. Vous succombez alors pendant plus d'une heure au charme fougueux d'une jeune femme de vingt-quatre ans. Panache, force exceptionnelle et phrasé d'un naturel sublime, tout le talent de Martha Argerich est réuni dans ce disque en tous points historique. --Pierre Graveleau

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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2.0 out of 5 stars Virtuosity at its worst March 23 2000
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Yes, there is brilliance, perfection, precision, impetuosity, in short everything in these performances that any "music lover" keen on floating amidst waves of "luscious, gorgeous romantic music", or any "piano connoisseur" might cherish. What is missing, though, are the distinct, individual voices of each composer. For there is only one and the same voice indeed in all these performances: the wearisome voice of self-complacent virtuosity whose end is in itself rather than in seeking and conveying the individual spirit of each composer. Some reviewer remarked of her Chopin preludes, "This is Argerich, not Chopin". But also, these are not Ravel, Liszt, Brahms or Prokofiev; they are all Argerich. Only hear Moravec, Francois, Arrau, Biret and Richter respectively, playing these composers. You will say, "this is it!" because they are serving their composers rather than their own image as a pianist. The reviewer above said, "Chopin cannot be played like Rachmaninov". But who else can? Her playing of Liszt sonata is considered as the greatest since Horowitz's by some reviewer here. For me, even the playing of such a pianist I'm not exactly crazy about, Alfred Brendel, is much more truthful and profound than hers, bringing forward the more future-looking, original aspects of Liszt that we hear in his late piano pieces. As for Horowitz, well, he is a traveler along the same road as Argerich. A Horowitz disc I had the mischance to purchase bore the title "Horowitz, the poet of the piano", and contained a performance of Kinderszenen which summarized all I try to say here. Only could he/Argerich let Schumann (or others, for that matter) be THE poet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Debut for both of us Oct. 25 2003
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A long time ago, I found myself wondering through a book/music store. They happened to have a quite small, but quite good music selection. I was browsing, looking for something to buy, since I hadn't spent a dime on a recording in sometime. Among the titles I was considering were Richter's Sofia recital, Ashkenazy's reading of the complete Prokofiev concertos, and even Serkin playing a few Beethoven sonatas. I would later find out that any of these recordings would have provided a feast of riches. But alone they couldn't have prepared me for what I was about to be in for. I decided, finally, to go with the Martha Argerich 'Debut Recital'. You see, I had heard alot about Martha Argerich, but didn't own a single recording of her at that time. I figured it was about time to see what all the fuss was about. Words couldn't describe what I experienced that night...Sure, since then I have heard alot of great recordings. The Barcarolle on this disc was soon rivaled by Rubinstein. The sonata...By Zimerman, or Horowitz...The Hungarian rhapsody, well, Cziffra practically owns those...But despite all those others, there is still a special place in my heart for these recordings. I have never heard such brilliant playing, even today. Absolutely Phenomenal, Impassioned playing. The scherzo, the Toccata, an absolute emberesment of riches. If I could own one recording, this would be it. Buy this CD. Hopefully it will do for you what it did for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars on a Scale of One to Three... July 6 2003
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If I were forced to eliminate my entire collection of classical recordings with the exception of one CD, this would be that CD. In short, it encompasses all of what Martha Argerich stands for as an artist; there is the unbridled passion, sensitivity, and inhuman virtuosity that all of her fans are all too familiar with. Every single work on this CD is a gem. The Chopin Scherzo is a piece Argerich has recorded several times, and here, it is as exciting as she has ever played it. The Brahms Rhapsodies are full of passion and possess a certain degree of maturity one may not at first suspect from such a firebrand virtuoso, and the Ravel is complete with shimmering textures and brilliantly original rubatos. The highlights of the disc, however, are the Liszt and Prokofiev performances. Argerich plays the opening of the Hungarian Rhapsody in a suitably pompous, almost arrogant manner, and the speed and audacity of the octave section is simply mind-boggling. The Prokofiev Toccata receives the best performance on record (Horowitz is the only competition, but his cuts are unnecessary and his additions superfluous). The Liszt Sonata is simply scintillating; Argerich manages to bring together the structural finesse of Pollini and the emotional intensity and impetuousness of Zimerman. This CD will amaze, enlighten, inspire, and hypnotize any lover of the repertoire. I give it the highest recommendation possible...wait, no, higher!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant June 3 2003
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Martha Argerich took the piano world by storm with her brand of aggressive, expressive piano playing coupled with brilliant technique and all of these qualities are on display here. She has achieved a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of Romantic Music and perhaps the first signs of this can be seen in this wonderful debut recording.
The programme is wonderfully varied with Chopin, Brahms, Prokofiev and Lizst. Argerich, with her win at the 1965 Chopin Piano Competition is well-known for her Chopin and this shows in her excellent rendition of the Scherzo where she manages to convey a wealth of different emotions in a short piece but I have to agree that the best pieces on this CD are the Brahms rhapsodies. There are few finer recordings that this and it shows Argerich at her most dynamic and interpretive.
This CD has been a bestseller since its release and justifiably so. It is mind-boggling to realize that Argerich was only 19 when this recording was made and perhaps another reason to marvel at this incredible performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Born of Fire
Not much reason to chime in here, given the unanymity of the raves. No one mentioned the two Brahms Rhapsodies, which really blew me out the door. Read more
Published on April 19 2003 by R. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathless!
While her repertoire ranges from Baroque to late Romanticism, Martha Argerich is often regarded as one of the greatest Romanticist pianist. Read more
Published on March 22 2003 by Xiao He
5.0 out of 5 stars Argerich Gets with Her Debut What Most Fail to Get Life Thru
I would not protest if anybody called Martha Argerich the greatest pianist of the 20th century -- even if it is too courageous to label anyone with such an unequivocal attribute. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2003 by Antonio Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This is an amazing CD - a must have for lovers of classical pianists. I find myself replaying it over and over again, drawn to it because it so far surpasses any other listening... Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars She is one of the greatest pianists - period
I came to Argerich late. But a friend of mine told me to get this disk years ago and I did. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Read more
Published on July 7 2002 by Craig Matteson
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any piano lover
I completely disagree with anyone who says that Argerich is all flash with no depth. That could not be any more incorrect. Every piece on this CD is like a gem. Read more
Published on May 6 2002 by Asher E. Kramer
5.0 out of 5 stars Riches to enjoy for a long time.
This CD is simply a wonder. But for me, one of the main wonders on this disc is Argerich's disarmingly romantic and mysterious Brahms Rhapsodies- works which are so often unjustly... Read more
Published on April 4 2002 by Rubberband Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Pianist!
I have listened to many recordings of Liszt Sonata performed by different pianists and I cannot find best one,because a lot of them are very good. Read more
Published on March 23 2002 by Veronica Mars
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have CD
This CD combines the entire original 1961 Argerich debut recital release along with the 1971 Liszt Sonata, and is a bargain. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the Sonata in B minor...
Argerich's playing of the other stuff in this disc are not really my cup of tea, but her Sonata in B minor is marvellous. Read more
Published on March 19 2001
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