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Prokofiev, Ravel: Piano Concertos, Etc / Argerich, Abbado


Release Date: 05/14/1996 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 447438   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei ProkofievMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Martha Argerich
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There have been others to match the bustle and brilliance of Argerich's Prokofiev, her coloristic range, her drive, her flashiness, her straining at the leash. But I'm not sure I could name anyone who has so satisfyingly combined all those qualities, who has given us such a rocket-launched recapitulation in the first movement, such circus-routine vividness in the following variations (Prokofiev grew up in a Russia where `circusization of the arts' was one of the 'in' concepts), or such monstrous, hyperbolic fairy-tale imagery in the finale, and all done with the most engaging reckless abandon.

The Ravel Concerto is another bundle of energy. I had forgotten how miraculous is the blend and interplay of piano and orchestra, and
Read more how ecstatically Argerich weaves around the cor anglais restatement in the slow movement.

Embarras de richesses indeed, now that DG have added Argerich's Gaspard to the original LP coupling. Here is a version of Ravel's devilish triptych which is unusually faithful to his subdued dynamic markings, quite apart from its breathtaking agility. The results ring poetically true at the same time as defying criticism in pianistic terms.

-- Gramophone [12/1995]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1921; USA 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Venue:  Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 27 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; France 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Venue:  Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 21 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1974 
Venue:  Lankwitz Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 22 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.3 In C, Op.26: 1. Andante - Allegro
Piano Concerto No.3 In C, Op.26: 2. Tema con variazione
Piano Concerto No.3 In C, Op.26: 3. Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Concerto In G: 1. Allegramente
Piano Concerto In G: 2. Adagio assai
Piano Concerto in G: 3. Presto
Gaspard de la nuit, M.55: Ondine
Gaspard de la nuit: Le gibet
Gaspard de la nuit: Scarbo

Customer Reviews

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 Wonderful performances August 28, 2013 By Lillian K. (Hartford , CT) See All My Reviews "Argerich does her usual fine work with two piano concertos that are not frequently heard in live concerts but which are very enjoyable." Report Abuse
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