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5.0 out of 5 stars Argerich Excels in Classic Chopin Performances
Martha Argerich, winner of the 1965 Chopin Competition, has re-recorded the Chopin Piano Concerti from a mature and masterful perspective. She has lived with the concerti for 35-plus years, and every phrase is turned with jewel-like precision. These are Chopin performances to make virtuosi, indeed all Chopin interpreters, take notice and weep with joy. Compared to...
Published on July 25 1999 by Harold J. Sauer, M.D.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Less exciting than expected
I really loved her previous recordings of these concertos, but I'm disappointed with this new recording in spite of beatiful sound quality, because she is not quite inspired and highly-charged here, I think. Her interpretation itself is, almost surprisingly, staying the same as before, though.
If you would like to hear her Chopin concertos at her best, buy her...
Published on July 18 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars Argerich Excels in Classic Chopin Performances, July 25 1999
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Harold J. Sauer, M.D. (East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.A.) - See all my reviews
Ce commentaire est de: Chopin Piano Concertos 1 and 2 (Audio CD)
Martha Argerich, winner of the 1965 Chopin Competition, has re-recorded the Chopin Piano Concerti from a mature and masterful perspective. She has lived with the concerti for 35-plus years, and every phrase is turned with jewel-like precision. These are Chopin performances to make virtuosi, indeed all Chopin interpreters, take notice and weep with joy. Compared to her fiery earlier recordings of these works, the new interpretations strike much closer to the composer's intentions and scores. After these recordings, others pale by comparison.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Performances, Sept. 4 2002
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David A. Wend (Chicago, IL USA) - See all my reviews
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Ce commentaire est de: Chopin Piano Concertos 1 and 2 (Audio CD)
The two piano concerti by Chopin have been staples of the concert hall for many years. However, this is only the second recordings of these concerti by Martha Argerich. Ms. Argerich summons up all of the poetry and pathos that has made Chopin's concertos so popular over the years. She is ably supported by Charles Dutoit and the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, who fulfil their role as accompaniment well and even manage a bit of acceleration in the Second concerto (first movement) almost as if to catch Ms. Argerich by surprise. Having had the pleasure of hearing Ms. Argerich play the Beethoven Second concerto in person, I know she can drive the concerto along. So here the orchestra gets a turn. When this disc was reviewed by Gramophone the comment was made that it seemed less a studio recording than a relaxed concert performance. I would agree. The concertos come of as the luxuriously tuneful works that they are with brilliant keyboard work by Martha Argerich. This recording is among the best of Chopin's concertos and I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top recordings - Argerich at her best, Nov. 21 1999
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kreisleriana16 (Minneapolis, MN USA) - See all my reviews
Ce commentaire est de: Chopin Piano Concertos 1 and 2 (Audio CD)
What a surprise to see Argerich on EMI! Hopefully this will only be the beginning. The Chopin displays not only her technique which is beyond belief but the musicianship which she also has in abundance. Her phrasing and dynamics are spectacular. Argerich knows exactly where to change the pace without being overly romantic. She also knows that when it is time to turn on the technical pyroworks she does so with ease.
After hearing her live performances on Philips of the Rachmoninoff 3rd and Tschikowsky's 1st there is little doubt in my mind that she is one of the outstanding pianists of our time. Her live performance a few years back of the Strauss Berlesque with the Berlin Philharmonic was stunning and left no doubt in my mind to that claim.
It is a rare combination to see one who is not only a great pianist but a great musician as well. It is almost like she has an uncanny feeling for this music.
Dutoit does a good job with the Orchestre du Montreal as always. Can we hope that Dutoit and Argerich will re-unite and make more recordings like this? (Interestingly enough both recorded for Polygram - DG and British Decca. Now they seem to have moved to EMI).
With so many excellent recordings now available of these two works this recording remains my first choice at the present time for recent releases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too much for me. :), Dec 1 2000
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Michael Newberry (Idyllwild, California) - See all my reviews
Ce commentaire est de: Chopin Piano Concertos 1 and 2 (Audio CD)
Lithe, sparkling, transparent, impressionistic--this recording is an outpouring of incredible delicious sound and it all reaches me so sublimely. It is the one piece of music I feel insecure writing about because I am so completely drawn into the moment, into the flow of the music. The orchestra and the piano are interwoven like the early sunset glow caressing a meadow's grasses. The slow movement of in the E minor is like a lullaby sung tenderly and quietly and with loving intimacy. In total both concerti seem to be played in an understated way, not with bravado, but with irresistible momentum. Dutoit and Argerich flow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Argerich's Finest Recording of Chopin's Piano Concertos, Nov. 26 2001
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John Kwok (New York, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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Ce commentaire est de: Chopin Piano Concertos 1 and 2 (Audio CD)
Martha Argerich's performances of both concerti are spellbinding, incredible displays of passion. Her technical skills at the keyboard are absolutely phenomenal too. Indeed, I doubt I have heard her play these Chopin concertos as skillfully as she does here. However, Dutoit comes across as a somewhat reluctant accompanist, in awe with her performances. He doesn't quite lead the Montrealers in brilliant performances of the orchestral scores. Still, this deserves my strong recommendation as one of the finest recordings of Chopin's piano concertos, if only because of Argerich's superb performances.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Less exciting than expected, July 18 1999
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Ce commentaire est de: Chopin Piano Concertos 1 and 2 (Audio CD)
I really loved her previous recordings of these concertos, but I'm disappointed with this new recording in spite of beatiful sound quality, because she is not quite inspired and highly-charged here, I think. Her interpretation itself is, almost surprisingly, staying the same as before, though.
If you would like to hear her Chopin concertos at her best, buy her recording from DG (No.1 with Abbado & No.2 with Rostropovich) or DENON (No.1; live performance at Chopin International Piano Competition).
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5.0 out of 5 stars As dynamic as ever, but even more expressive now, July 24 1999
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Ce commentaire est de: Chopin Piano Concertos 1 and 2 (Audio CD)
Martha Argerich has been known for an uncanny technique that is married to an unusually expressive style. Chopin, known for his improvisations, is best served by someone whose pianism and imagination match the spontaneity and singing of his music. Add the extreme beauty of the playing in the slow movements and in the ornamentated passages of these concertos and you have a very rare treat with these performances.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fire and ice, Dec 8 1999
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Ce commentaire est de: Chopin Piano Concertos 1 and 2 (Audio CD)
Argerich plays with all her customary passion and flying fingers. But what I dislike about this recording is the fact that Dutoit's realization of the orchestral parts is rather dull. If you want to hear the true glory of these works, get the Perahia/Mehta CD (Sony). Perahia is every bit Argerich's equal while being more tasteful (IMHO), and Mehta's conducting is both powerful and vivid.
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