Martha Argerich: Early Recordings | Deutsche Grammophon 4795978

Martha Argerich: Early Recordings


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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4795978

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 13th May 2016



Martha Argerich’s exhilarating early recordings, released here for the first time, include sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven that appear nowhere else in her discography; Prokofiev’s Third Sonata is also a recording première.

This set displaying the young virtuoso includes her first recordings of Ravel’s Gaspard and his Sonatine, as well as Prokofiev’s Seventh Sonata, full of mystery and verve. They show her to be an eloquent and imaginative artist at the age of 18, already at the peak of her abilities.

This release documents some of the radio recordings she made for North German (NDR) and West German Radio (WDR) in 1960 and 1967 and is released in time for her 75th birthday celebration on 5th June 2016.

Track listing:
1-3. Mozart: Sonata in D major, K576
WDR, Cologne, 23 January 1960
4-7. Beethoven: Sonata in D major, op.10 no.3
WDR Cologne, 8 September 1960
1. Prokofiev: Toccata op.11
2-4. Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit
5. Prokofiev: Sonata no.3 in A minor, op.28
NDR Hamburg, 16 March 1960
6-8. Ravel: Sonatine
WDR Cologne, 8 September 1960
9-11. Prokofiev: Sonata no.7 in B flat major, op.83
WDR Cologne, 31 October 1967


The difficulty in writing about the piano playing of Martha Argerich is that it is now, and always has been, so relentlessly good. Just how good and for how long becomes immediately apparent in this newly sanctioned first release of recordings made for North German and West German Radio in 1960 and 1967. Before the earliest of these, Argerich had won the Busoni and Geneva competitions in 1957 and already made her debut in a number of important European cities; her career-defining victory in Warsaw at the Chopin Competition was in 1965. ... Argerich’s command of Prokofiev is quite unlike anyone else’s, his compatriots included. The ineffable blend of driving power, disarming lyricism and formal balance she brings to the composer exude the sort of authority than can only be the result of conviction. The performance is thrilling from beginning to end. Would that the piece were longer.  Patrick Rucker
Gramophone August 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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