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

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  • Composer: Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Ravel, Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (April 21 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GQJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Macey on Oct. 25 2003
Format: Audio CD
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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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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By Caleb Liu on June 3 2003
Format: Audio CD
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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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 thought of as student pieces. The G minor in particular is one of the most moving bits of pianism I have ever heard. Argerich is at one with the music... In some works I find her less mature and commanding than in later recordings (her Jeux d'eau is not amongst my favourite recordings of this piece- I much prefer Lortie and Gieseking here) but on the whole this is simply breathtaking pianism... and when you remember that she was only 19 when most of it was recorded, it boggles the mind (I am 19 and there is no way in the world I could ever imagine playing the piano like Argerich does on this disc!). Particularly when you consider that the Prokofiev Toccata is still considered one of the yardsticks by which others are measured.
The Liszt sonata is gripping from beginning to end, and her Chopin quite easily shows why she is considered a master interpreter of his works.
Argerich is a chameleon, a fascinating chameleon who seems to be able to mould herself into music of any period and style and give almost definitive performances of all of it. If only there were more like her!
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