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Argerich Excels in Classic Chopin Performances
on July 25, 1999
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.