Audio CD (February 16, 2010)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Martha Argerich playing Chopin has long been known as a thing of beauty and her recordings are acknowledged for their power and musicality. In celebration of the Chopin Year, Deutsche Grammophon is extremely excited to present an entire CD of previously unreleased radio recordings from 1959 and 1967 of Argerich performing Chopin. Argerich triumphed at the International Chopin Competition in 1965 at the age of 24; therefore, the 1959 recording gives us a very early glimpse of Argerich and the explosive power that made her so irresistible. The majority of this CD is of recordings made in 1967 at the RIAS and WDR studios along with a live March 15, 1967 recording of the Third Sonata from the Hochschule für Musik, Berlin. These performances, all released for the first time, include works otherwise not recorded by her (Ballade no. 1, Mazurkas opp. 24/2, 33/2, 41/1&2, C# minor Etude). With over an hour of material, this is truly a gem that has been lovingly rescued from obscurity. Recorded live on 15 March 1967.
An absolute treat for all fans of Martha Argerich. 15 never before released recordings of Chopin's master pianist from the archives of Radio WDR and Germany, recorded in the first decade of their careers. The repertoire of the CD includes such key works of the cosmos, like Chopin Barcarolle, two ballads, some late nocturnes and mazurkas. Overall, the program contains no less than ten (!) Pieces that have never been to Martha Argerich recorded record.
Biography of the participants
Martha Argerich was from the beginning to the beneficiaries of the musical destiny. On 5 Born June 1941 in Buenos Aires, was recognized her talent early and encouraged. Their first concert was at the age of four years, she worked regularly with Vicente Scaramuzza as a young girl and was already an extraordinary virtuoso. In 1955 her family moved to Europe, got her career in the updraft. Studied with Friedrich Gulda, Madeleine Lipatti and Nikita Magaloff still provided for the fine tuning and it was sufficiently serious to attract Bolzano 1957 Busoni Competition and the competition in Geneva. Thus began her international career as a concert pianist, which she mainly as an interpreter of the piano literature of the 19th and 20 Century had become known. They felt themselves not as a specialist in fluency, but rather built on a comprehensive and diversified repertoire ranging from Bach and works by Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy and Ravel and Bartok. Martha Argerich is the Deutsche Grammophon since 1967, closely linked. It emerged with a solo recording of works by Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Prokofiev, Ravel and Schumann, concert recordings with pieces by Chopin, Liszt, Ravel and Prokofiev with Claudio Abbado, Giuseppe Sinopoli Beethoven and Stravinsky's Les Noces with Leonard Bernstein. Their recording of the piano concertos of Shostakovitch (No.1) and Haydn (No. 11) with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn in 1995, the renowned Joerg Dyer received Japanese Record Academy Award. Your version of Tchaikovsky's "1.Klavierkonzert" with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic was awarded the CD Compact Award 1997.
01. Ballade No.1 In G Minor, Op.23 8:29
02. 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No. 4 In C Sharp Minor
03. Mazurka No.26 In C Sharp Minor Op.41 No.4
04. Mazurka No.27 In E Minor Op.41 No.1
05. Mazurka No.15 In C Op.24 No.2 1:52
06. Mazurka No.40 In F Minor Op.63 No.2
07. Mazurka No.23 In D Op.33 No.2 2:06
08. Nocturne No.4 In F, Op.15 No.1
09. Nocturne No.16 In E Flat, Op.55 No.2
10. Mazurka No.36 In A Minor Op.59 No.1
11. Mazurka No.37 In A Flat Op.59 No.2
12. Mazurka No.38 In F Sharp Minor Op.59 No.3
13. Piano Sonata No.3 In B Minor, Op.58 - 1. Allegro Maestoso
14. Piano Sonata No.3 In B Minor, Op.58 - 2. Scherzo (Molto Vivace)
15. Piano Sonata No.3 In B Minor, Op.58 - 3. Largo
16. Piano Sonata No.3 In B Minor, Op.58 - 4. Finale (Presto Non Tanto)