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The Art of Martha Argerich

Audio Samples

>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 36 in A minor, Op. 59/1, CT. 86
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
>     1. Andante - Allegro
>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto in G major
>     2. Adagio assai
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major
>     4. Allegretto marziale animato
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
>     2. Andantino semplice
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22
>     2. Andantino. Getragen
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31
>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
>Chopin, Frédéric : Préludes, Op. 28
>     no 3 in G major. Vivace
>     no 4 in E minor. Largo
>     no 12 in G sharp minor. Presto
>     no 15 in D flat major. Sostenuto
>     no 16 in B flat minor. Presto con fuoco
>     no 17 in A flat major. Allegretto
>     no 23 in F major. Moderato
>     no 24 in D minor. Allegro appassionato
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Variations (5) on an original theme for piano, 4 hands in G major, K. 501
>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
>     Allegro vivace
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 2 in A minor, BWV 807
>     Bourrée 1 & 2
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65
>     3. Largo
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Variations on a theme of Paganini for 2 Pianos
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30
>     3. Finale
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker, Op. 71a
>     2. Danses caractéristiques
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin no 2 in A major, Op. 12, no 2
>     1. Allegro vivace
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Cello in G major, BWV 1027
>     3. Andante
>     4. Allegro moderato
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Le Carnaval des animaux
>     11. Pianistes
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Violin no 1, BB 84
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations for cello & piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto in D major, Hob 18
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, BB 115
>Kiesewetter, Peter : Tango Pathetique
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
>Prokofiev, Sergei : The Stone Flower
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Op. 87
>Schubert, Franz : Rondo for Piano 4 hands in A major, D 951 "Grand Rondo"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D major, K. 576
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10, no 3

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 36 in A minor, Op. 59/1, CT. 86
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto in G major
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Piano no 2 in G minor, 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
>Chopin, Frédéric : Préludes, Op. 28
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Variations (5) on an original theme for piano, 4 hands in G major, K. 501
>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 2 in A minor, BWV 807
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Variations on a theme of Paganini for 2 Pianos
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker, Op. 71a
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin no 2 in A major, Op. 12, no 2
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Cello in G major, BWV 1027
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Le Carnaval des animaux
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Violin no 1, BB 84
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations for cello & piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto in D major, Hob 18
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, BB 115
>Kiesewetter, Peter : Tango Pathetique
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
>Prokofiev, Sergei : The Stone Flower
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Op. 87
>Schubert, Franz : Rondo for Piano 4 hands in A major, D 951 "Grand Rondo"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D major, K. 576
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10, no 3
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Notes & Reviews:

It's hard to believe that Martha Argerich is now approaching her 70th birthday - on 5 June this year. She has been recording for Deutsche Grammophon for 50 years, and has made some of the greatest recordings on the label, now fully documented on The Martha Argerich Collection capboxes (Solo Recordings, Concerto Recording, Chamber Ensemble Recordings).

Three generously filled CDs (nearly 240 minutes of music) portray the incredible virtuosity, style and range of this incomparable artist. We follow her solo and concerto career that is gradually subsumed in recordings with musical partners like Nelson Freire, Stephen Kovacevich, Mischa Maisky and Gidon Kremer - Argerich's five decades of recording with DG and Philips (Decca) are surveyed in a magnificent chronological sweep.



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>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

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

>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 36 in A minor, Op. 59/1, CT. 86
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26 :: 1. Andante - Allegro
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1917-1921

>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto in G major :: 2. Adagio assai
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1929-1931

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major :: 4. Allegretto marziale animato
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1835-1856

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 :: 2. Andantino semplice
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Running Time: 7 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874

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

>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. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Chopin, Frédéric : Préludes, Op. 28 :: no 3 in G major. Vivace
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Préludes, Op. 28 :: no 4 in E minor. Largo
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Préludes, Op. 28 :: no 12 in G sharp minor. Presto
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Préludes, Op. 28 :: no 15 in D flat major. Sostenuto
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Préludes, Op. 28 :: no 16 in B flat minor. Presto con fuoco
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Préludes, Op. 28 :: no 17 in A flat major. Allegretto
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Préludes, Op. 28 :: no 23 in F major. Moderato
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Chopin, Frédéric : Préludes, Op. 28 :: no 24 in D minor. Allegro appassionato
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Variations (5) on an original theme for piano, 4 hands in G major, K. 501
  • Performers: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 :: Allegro vivace
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Running Time: 10 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1841

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 2 in A minor, BWV 807 :: Bourrée 1 & 2
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720

>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65 :: 3. Largo
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1846

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Variations on a theme of Paganini for 2 Pianos
  • Performers: Nelson Freire (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 :: 3. Finale
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 13 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1909

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker, Op. 71a :: 2. Danses caractéristiques
  • Performers: Nicolas Economou (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin no 2 in A major, Op. 12, no 2 :: 1. Allegro vivace
  • Performers: Gidon Kremer (Violin); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1797-98.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Cello in G major, BWV 1027 :: 3. Andante
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Cello in G major, BWV 1027 :: 4. Allegro moderato
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Le Carnaval des animaux :: 11. Pianistes
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Le Carnaval des animaux :: 12. Fossiles
  • Performers: Markus Steckeler (Xylophone); Tabea Zimmermann (Viola); Eduard Brunner (Clarinet); Gidon Kremer (Violin); Irena Grafenauer (Flute); Nelson Freire (Piano); Georg Hortnagel (Double Bass); Martha Argerich (Piano); Edith Salmen (Glockenspiel); Isabelle van Keulen (Violin); Mischa Maisky (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1788-1798

>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Violin no 1, BB 84 :: 1. Allegro appassionato
  • Performers: Gidon Kremer (Violin); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations for cello & piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66
  • Performers: Mischa Maisky (Cello); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto in D major, Hob 18 :: 11
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jörg Faerber
  • Notes: Composition written: By 1784.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1784

>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, BB 115 :: 3. Allegro non troppo
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1940

>Kiesewetter, Peter : Tango Pathetique
  • Performers: Gidon Kremer (Violin); Martha Argerich (Piano); Mischa Maisky (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 :: 3. Rondo. Allegro
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1800-1803
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Prokofiev, Sergei : The Stone Flower :: Waltz
  • Performers: Mischa Maisky (Cello); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1948-1953
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25 :: 4. Rondo alla zingarese
  • Performers: Yuri Bashmet (Viola); Mischa Maisky (Cello); Gidon Kremer (Violin); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1861

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Op. 87 :: 7. Galop. Presto - Andantino - Presto
  • Performers: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940-1944

>Schubert, Franz : Rondo for Piano 4 hands in A major, D 951 "Grand Rondo"
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/1828
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D major, K. 576 :: 2. Adagio
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10, no 3 :: 4. Rondo
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798