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Martha Argerich: The Early Recordings - Mozart: Sonata, K576; Beethoven: Sonata No. 7; Prokofiev: Toccata, Op. 11; Sonatas Nos. 3 & 7; Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit; Sonatine (all, first time releases)

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D major ("Trumpet", "Hunt"), K. 576
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11
>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 3 in A minor ("From Old Notebooks"), Op. 28
>Ravel, Maurice : Sonatine for Piano
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Martha Argerich's exhilarating early recordings, released here for the first time in honor of her 75th birthday, include sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev that appear nowhere else in her discography, as well as her first recordings of Ravel's Gaspard and Prokofiev Seventh Sonata. They show her to be an imaginative artist at the age of 18, already at the peak of her abilities. These are radio recordings made for North German (NDR) and West German Radio (WDR) in 1960 and 1967.

The Observer, 1st June 2016
The interpretations of that, the Sonatine and Prokofiev's Seventh Sonata, may be those of a young pianist without any technical fears, but they are also very clearly those of a supreme musician in the making.

Classical Music, August 2016
This 1960 Gaspard is fleeter, more mercurial than her subsequent DG studio version and is a must-hear, as are Prokofiev's third (blistering) and seventh sonatas. Much of this material has been available unofficially before, but never with (mono) mastertape quality sound or such fine documentation.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2016
The difficulty in writing about the piano playing of Martha Argerich is that it is now, and always has been, so relentlessly good...Her Mozart bubbles with the freshness and effervescence of a Bernini fountain in the midday sun...Argerich's command of Prokofiev is quite unlike anyone else's, his compatriots included.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: NDR Hamburg, Rolf-Liebermann-Studio (01/23/1960); WDR Köln, Saal 2 (01/23/1960); NDR Hamburg, Rolf-Liebermann-Studio (03/16/1960); WDR Köln, Saal 2 (03/16/1960); NDR Hamburg, Rolf-Liebermann-Studio (09/08/1960); WDR Köln, Saal 2 (09/08/1960); NDR Hamburg, Rolf-Liebermann-Studio (10/31/1967); WDR Köln, Saal 2 (10/31/1967).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D major ("Trumpet", "Hunt"), K. 576
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 3 in A minor ("From Old Notebooks"), Op. 28
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

>Ravel, Maurice : Sonatine for Piano
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903-1905

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939-1942