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Chopin - The Legendary 1965 Recording / Martha Argerich

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58
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Notes & Reviews:

Recorded in Abbey Road Studio 1 immediately following Argerich's triumphant performances at the 1965 Chopin Competition in Warsaw, these recordings have never been available before in any format. The Philadelphia Inquirer stated: "Martha Argerich is technically the match of Vladimir Horowitz."

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Argerich's pianism is remarkable for combining seemingly effortless technical resource with temperamental volatility. Yet the vehemence of her playing is seldom to the disadvantage of the extraordinary subtlety of her art. Moreover, despite the limits she places on her repertory, such is the spontaneity of her approach that each of her interpretations, no matter how familiar in broad outline, is characterised by a profusion of contrasting details beneath the surface. In the B minor Sonata she omits the first-movement repeats. Such a formal contraction can contribute to the momentum with which the movement unfolds. Ironically, however, she seems to rein in the propulsive power for which she's renowned, appearing instead to be seeking at every turn to exploit a deeply felt exprssive lyricism to offset the febrile intensity of the most energetic figurational devices. This has the virtue of allowing us a less hectic view of subsidiary elements within the music, which elsewhere can too often be overwhelmed by the sheer turbulance of the action. Some of the most satisfying playing on the disc comes in her account of the Op 59 Mazurkas. There's a vulnerability as well as an affecting wistfulness about the playing which captures the elusiveness of the idiom, with its harmonic ambiguities, with rare acuity.

At the other end of the scale, the excitement she generates in the A flat Polonaise is of an order that goes far beyond mere effect. If these accounts do not necessarily outstrip her other recordings, they nevertheless offer an intriguing insight into ongoing 'work in progress' from a pianistic giant whose artistry continues to fascinate and perplex.


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>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (06/23/1965-06/27/1965)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844