The Successful Beginning / Argerich

Release Date: 8/17/2018
Label: Profil
Catalog Number: PH18050
Number of Discs: 4

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Martha Argerich was born in Buenos Aires in 1941 and in the course of her career has risen to become the best-known female pianist in the world. She attracted attention at the early age of three at a school performance. Her formal musical education began when she was five years old, and in 1949 she publicly performed piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven in Buenos Aires. She was able to attend concerts given by the great pianists of that era and was very impressed with their skill. Friedrich Gulda accepted her as a student in 1955 and she went to Vienna to study with him, although he freely admitted that he did not know what he could teach her. In 1957 she won first prizes at piano competitions in Bolzano and Geneva. Her early recordings made in Buenos Aires (1955) and Geneva (1957) form an interesting part of this collection. These were followed by performances at radio stations in Hamburg and Cologne and then by her first official vinyl recordings. She gained early international recognition in 1961 thanks to a concert in Leningrad, now Saint Petersburg, where Martha Argerich performed together with the brilliant violinist Ruggiero Ricci. An example of that historic performance is included in this first audio documentation of the beginnings of this exceptional pianist’s career.



REVIEW:

This is young Argerich, sometimes errant Argerich, but mostly thrilling and thoroughly compelling Argerich. While her pacing can sometimes push limits, she is excellent most of the time; put simply, you are far more likely to be astounded than dismayed.

– MusicWeb International

Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor: Ernest Bour
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929-1931 ; France
2. Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1908 ; France
3. Sonatine for Piano by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903-1905 ; France
4. Sonatina for Violin and Piano, BB 102a by Béla Bartók
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: c1930 ;
5. Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1899 ;
6. Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor: Peter Maag
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1785 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1797-1798 ; Vienna, Austria
8. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 12 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Period: Classical
Written: 1797-1798 ; Vienna, Austria
9. Sonata for Piano no 8 in A minor, K 310 (300d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1778 ; Paris, France
10. Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K 333 (315c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1783-1784 ; Linz, Austria
11. Sonata for Piano no 18 in D major, K 576 "Hunt" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1789 ; Vienna, Austria
12. Toccata for Piano in C major, Op. 7 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829-1832 ; Germany
13. Rhapsodies (2) for Piano, Op. 79 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879 ; Austria
14. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 6 in D flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1885 ; Weimar, Germany
15. Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845-1846 ; Paris, France
16. Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1839 ; Mallorca (Majorca),
17. Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Paris, France
18. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 1 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830 ; Poland
19. Toccata for Piano in D minor, Op. 11 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1912 ; Russia
20. Sonata for Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 28 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907/1917 ; Russia
21. Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 6 in D flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1885 ; Weimar, Germany
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