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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 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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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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Martha Argerich's performance of the Liszt is slowly gaining the recognition it deserves, as one of the greatest recordings of history, and not merely of the piano. One critic asked "How is it possible to play the piano this way?", and that nearly sums up the sense of stupefaction one feels on first encountering this radical interpretation, one of such delicacy, demonic technical prowess and overarching beauty that others seem stodgily unimaginative by its side.
Unlike all the other famous recordings -- those by Horowitz, Brendel, Pollini, Zimerman and Richter come to mind -- Argerich see this as sensual music, an uninterrupted flow of ideas, and her fingers are more than equal to any in the former group. Perhaps even more astonishing than her titanic octaves or spitfire arepggios are the slow moments: the final pages of the sonata are like a farewell, perfectly controlled, like someone waving ever more softly into the distance. In my view, this is by far the greatest version of the sonata to have appeared.
The remainder of the recital is magnificent, and one can only imagine the shock of its appearance, a nearly unknown girl from Argentina with a technique and ingrained musicality that would become the envy of all who heard her. The standouts are a high-voltage Liszt Sixth Rhapsody, with octave cascades that have never been bettered, a spiky, metallic rendering of a Prokofiev Toccata (a competition mainstay that sounds so often stilted) and, perhaps my favorite of the set, a Ravel Jeux D'Eau of exquisite refinement and tonal beauty. The Chopin pieces that fill out the recital are both excellent as well.
Without doubt, one of the great piano recordings.
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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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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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