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The Collection 1 - The Solo Recordings - Chopin, Ravel, Liszt, Schumann, Bach, etc / Martha Argerich

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39
>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for piano, Op. 79
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11
>Ravel, Maurice : Jeux d'eau
>Chopin, Frédéric : Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58
>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise-fantasy for piano no 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156
>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise for piano no 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59
>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March"
>Chopin, Frédéric : Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31
>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
>Ravel, Maurice : Sonatine for Piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 25 in C sharp minor, Op. 45, CT. 190
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 26 in A flat major ("Presto con leggierezza"), KK IVb/7, CT. 191 (B. 86)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 826
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 2 in A minor, BWV 807
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
>Schumann, Robert : Kreisleriana
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

For over 40 years Martha Argerich's recordings on Deutsche Grammophon have remained in the catalog and many are still best sellers. This 8-CD collection presents re-issues of eight solo LP recitals made between 1960 and 1983. The recordings have been remastered and are presented in chronological order, as originally programmed, with the original LP cover art on the individual sleeves. In addition, a booklet with new program notes and rare photos is included with the set. These performances are essential listening and constitute some of the greatest recordings of solo piano music available.

"If you don't already know these eight discs by Argentinean pianist Martha Argerich, you owe it to yourself to stop whatever you're doing and hear them because by common consent they represent a peak of postwar pianism. Argerich's technique knows no limits, and her personality as captured here knows no restraint. Thankfully these qualities are matched by Argerich's excellent taste, which prohibits her from lapsing into bathos or bombast.

True, her Bach is extremely expressive, her Schumann wildly passionate, and her Liszt nearly explosive, but those qualities never topple from the razor's edge of balance or give in to self-aggrandizement. Whatever she brings out of the scores is intrinsic to the music, and there's nothing in her performances, no matter how extravagant or flamboyant, which cannot be justified. If you don't already know these recordings, try her 1960 reading of Prokofiev's "Toccata" and her 1975 account of Chopin's "C sharp minor Prélude, Op. 45": the former's relentless drive and demonic energy are as overwhelmingly exciting as the latter's sustained phrasing and lyrical melancholy achieve an emotional summit. From 1960 to 1984 and from stereo to digital, Deutsche Grammophon's sound is as good as recorded sound gets: clear, clean, quiet, and immediate." -All Music Guide



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Works Details

>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for piano, Op. 79
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Ravel, Maurice : Jeux d'eau
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901

>Chopin, Frédéric : Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1845

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844

>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise-fantasy for piano no 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise for piano no 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843

>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851-1853

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833-1838

>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March"
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Chopin, Frédéric : Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1835

>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Ravel, Maurice : Sonatine for Piano
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903-1905

>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1911

>Chopin, Frédéric : Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 25 in C sharp minor, Op. 45, CT. 190
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1841.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 26 in A flat major ("Presto con leggierezza"), KK IVb/7, CT. 191 (B. 86)
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 826
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 2 in A minor, BWV 807
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Schumann, Robert : Kreisleriana
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838