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Collection 1: The Solo Piano Recordings (Box)
For over 40 years Martha Argerich's recordings on Deutsche Grammophon have remained in the catalog and many are still best sellers. This 8-CD collection presents re-issues of eight solo LP recitals made between 1960 and 19... more »
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For over 40 years Martha Argerich's recordings on Deutsche Grammophon have remained in the catalog and many are still best sellers. This 8-CD collection presents re-issues of eight solo LP recitals made between 1960 and 1983. The recordings have been remastered and are presented in chronological order, as originally programmed, with the original LP cover art on the individual sleeves. In addition, a booklet with new program notes and rare photos is included with the set. These performances are essential listening and constitute some of the greatest recordings of solo piano music available.
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Argerich in solo recital 1960-86 -- a treasure
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 11/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The reissue market is bringing around some extraordinary bargains lately, and this is one. Here we have 8 recitals made for DG starting when the pianist wasn't yet twenty but already playing like a master. The older Argerich has released much more material on her second label, EMI, but DG can boast of riches enough. The new remastering is also welcome, since the earliest LPs were often hard and glassy. Now for the most part the piano sounds full and natural.
Here's the complete program, although the box set proceeds one recital at a time, chronologically, not one composer at a time:
Bach, J S:
Toccata in C minor, BWV911
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV826
English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV807
Rhapsodies, Op. 79
Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39
Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61 'Polonaise-fantaisie'
Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'
Mazurkas Op. 59 Nos. 1-3
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'
Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22
Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31
24 Preludes, Op. 28
Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 45
Prelude No. 26 in A flat major, Op. posth.
Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 6 in D flat major
Piano Sonata in B minor, S178
Toccata, Op. 11
Gaspard de la Nuit
Valses nobles et sentimentales
Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22
Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Kreisleriana, Op. 16
What a bargain!
J. Grant | North Carolina, USA | 03/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To get 8 discs of music of this quality at around $30 is a steal. DG is usually notorious for over pricing their single CD's (usually around $18 a pop, so this is indeed a very pleasant surprise. Then when you consider that the discs contain the mercurial, hot tempered, fire breathing dragoness in her prime it is simply a must buy. Of course, Argerich falls into the same category as other artists such as Heifetz, Pollini, Szell, Karajan, Furtwangler and others in that there is very little middle ground. You either love them or you hate them. I happen to be a huge fan of not only her solo work, but also her concertos and chamber works. I am continually amazed at her ability to play at such breakneck speeds without glossing over or bluring notes, even during live performances, the way some pianists (Horowitz) do. Of course there are the occasional missed keys, but who doesn't make a few miscues from time to time? Even the great Richter is guilty of this. All said, there isn't a disc in this set that isn't very good to great. Did I mention what an excellent bargain this box set was?"
Rabbit | 01/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Martha is absolutely my favorite concert pianist! I compare her approach to piano to that of concert violinist Nadja Solerno Sonnenberg. They both share a passion for aggressive approach and execution in form. No "glossing over" in interpretation of pieces (Horowitz, brilliant as he was nevertheless, did so ... my opinion only).
You will probably like the vast selection in this wonderful set of CDs."