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The Martha Argerich Collection, Vol 2 - The Concerto Recordings

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Piano and Violin in D minor
>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Keyboard in D major, H 18 no 11
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Less than a year ago, Deutsche Grammophon released the first volume in this series which celebrates the recordings of Martha Argerich. That best-selling first volume of solo recitals is now followed by this collection of the pianist's concerto recordings. From her scintillating debut playing Prokofiev and Ravel under Claudio Abbado in 1967 to her most recent collaboration with the same conductor in 2004, these 7 CDs capture the range and technical brilliance of this classical music icon. The CDs are packaged with original LP-cover artwork along with new liner notes and a host of rare photos. Each recording has been newly mastered to ensure the highest quality listening experience.

"Following the first volume of solo recordings, Vol. 2 of the Martha Argerich Collection features seven discs of the artist's treasured concerto recordings. Listeners who have not already heard the majority of these performances owe it to themselves to start now; this collection truly contains the vast majority of Argerich's most significant performances and legendary collaborations. From the cleanliness and precision of her Beethoven with Sinopoli, to the unbridled passion of her Schumann with Rostropovich, to the sheer elegance of her Ravel with Abbado, Argerich is an artist with nearly limitless technical capacity, interpretive abilities, and variety of color and tone.

While all of the 16 concertos heard here are performed with the utmost in tempered musical expressiveness and precision, there are two definite standouts. Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto, performed with her then-husband Charles Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, is filled with as much power and vehemence as could ever be expected. Coupled with the surprising muscularity of Argerich's playing is a gracefully nimble touch in the concerto's rapid passagework that will capture listeners' attention from note one. Prokofiev's Third Concerto is a work with which Argerich has had a very special relationship, earning her high marks for her singular interpretation of the fiendishly difficult concerto. The recording featured here with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic is among the finest made of the piece."-All Music Guide



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>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 27 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1917-1921
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 42 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1929-1931
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 37 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1835-1856
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 42 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1929-1931
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 67 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Piano and Violin in D minor
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/06/1823
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Ensemble: National Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 29 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1841
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Ensemble: National Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 30 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 35 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1798
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 57 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1788-1798
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Guy Touvron (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Jörg Faerber
  • Running Time: 22 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1933
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Keyboard in D major, H 18 no 11
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jörg Faerber
  • Notes: Composition written: By 1784.
  • Running Time: 18 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1784
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 67 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 35 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1800-1803
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 57 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1788-1798
  • Studio/Live: Live