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Piano Concertos
Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Argerich
Piano Concertos
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Classical
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That Martha Argerich is a powerhouse with heart is not a problem, it's a delight; that she can occasionally be rambunctious and a bit careless, on the other hand, can be a problem. On this recording, happily, the pluses ar...  more »


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All Artists: Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Argerich, Kord
Title: Piano Concertos
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: CD Accord
Original Release Date: 1/1/1979
Re-Release Date: 7/25/2000
Album Type: Import
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Classical
Styles: Forms & Genres, Concertos, Sonatas, Suites, Historical Periods, Baroque (c.1600-1750), Instruments, Keyboard, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 521765002028, 0044001130526, 675754232122

That Martha Argerich is a powerhouse with heart is not a problem, it's a delight; that she can occasionally be rambunctious and a bit careless, on the other hand, can be a problem. On this recording, happily, the pluses are very much in evidence and the minuses nonexistent. She plays the Tchaikovsky with absolute abandon joined with a technical assuredness that is thrilling, and the fact that she gets through it almost error-free makes the breakneck experience all the more rewarding. The Schumann Concerto is hardly in the same league as the Tchaikovsky, but Argerich makes a superb case for it. She practically defines 19th-century romanticism in the way she puts real feeling into it--she finds stimulation where others have been lax and eloquence where others bore. The little pieces that round out the recording are most welcome, too--the Chopin is particularly gorgeous. Conductor Kord is a willing conspirator, and he's wise enough not to attempt to rein her in. This is a gem. --Robert Levine

CD Reviews

A vital reading
Arts&HistoryFan | United States | 09/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've heard people say that this is a minor concerto, with less to interest discerning audiences. This live performance will change some minds, and rightly so. Argerich gives these notes an energy you don't usually hear in this piece, many pianists seemingly viewing this as music-to-relax-by, but not here. Yet, the expressiveness of the slower portions isn't matched by the many other versions I've heard. As one Schumann-neutral person posted recently, he hadn't thought much of this piece but kept thinking to himself how beautiful it was, as it moved along during the live BBC Proms performance by Argerich and Michael Tilson Thomas broadcast in August and repeated in September this year, broadcast to the Internet via Real Audio also. This interpretation is almost identical, including a 3rd movement that is a bit too-fast for my own comfort but I noticed interesting harmonic relationships with this one-beat-to-a-measure approach that I'd not heard before. The Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto on the other side is a rather hot and sometimes almost-chaotic rendering by both Kord and Argerich. But it works for many, and is a favorite of some I know, while my own favorite Tchaikovsky PC#1 by her is the 1994 recording with Abbado which is a beautiful and exciting chamber-music style conversation between soloist and orchestra with extreme expressiveness even in the fastest portions. But this disc is a must, as far as I'm concerned, for the Schumann, and for the 4 solo pieces on it, especially the rarer and beautiful Ginastera and the Exquisite playing of the Chopin Mazurka Op. 63, #2. The Tchaikovsky on this disc is a good-ride, once you know you'll live through it :-)"
A perfect shocase of Argerich-A greatest Romanticist
Xiao He | Chino Hills, CA | 03/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording is astounding because of Argerich's technic and passion. The Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 surpasses all the others that Argerich recorded, not to mention that it may easily surpass many other great interpretations. The orchestra does a superb job in not only supporting the soloist but also creating the kind of tension. Argerich plays thoughtfully, with passion but not inconsiderate. My favorite is the second movement in which whe plays with her usual lyricism. The Schumann concerto is another great treat to the listeners. Having recorded once in Canada, Argerich plays better this time. The encore pieces are also excellent.This recording is a MUST for any classical fans and especially Argerich's fans"