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sorry, this performance is "out of control".
on April 28, 2000
I am usually Argerich's biggest fan. I simply don't care for this recording of the Rachmaninoff. Maybe, it is because I've also performed the piece with orchestra over a ten year period, and so have my own view of the piece. In my opinion her tempos, particularly in the last movement sound like a pianist who is not thoroughly in control of the notes. It is almost as if she is trying to cover up an inferior technic, as an undeveloped student usually does, by playing fast. I know that this is most definitely NOT the case. But, why does she virtually ruin the piece by turning it into a Czerny Etude? Listen to the early Horowitz recordings for an artist in TOTAL command of the notes... My view seems to be verified by other pianists I personally know, but it is not apparently upheld by public opinion. One wonders what Rachmaninoff would have thought, with his much "cooler" approach. He probably would have found this performance "hysterical." Let's remember that he didn't intend it as an empty finger exercise.