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Piano Concerto No 3
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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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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.
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.
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.
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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I am very split and feel ambiguous as to how to rate this recording. The Russians bring out raw passion from Argerich and usually she keeps it under control. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Loverssss
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 morePublished on June 9 2003 by Christian Dawson
I purchased this CD based upon many favorable reviews on Amazon.com and by Argerichï¿½s success with the concertos of Prokofiev and Ravel. Read morePublished on April 24 2003 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on Nov. 1 2002 by Bruce Hodges
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 morePublished on July 22 2002 by Long Distance Voyager
Let me tell you that I was totally shocked when hearing this piece, the last movement in particular. It is an unhuman performance. Read morePublished 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 morePublished on March 10 2002 by Frejlich, Pedro Walmsley