Album: Martha Argerich, Argerich Plays Chopin (Deutsche Grammophon)
Friday 09 April 2010
So rarely does Martha Argerich perform solo that hearing these previously unreleased recordings of various Chopin pieces is akin to getting a glimpse of an unseen Old Master.
Most date from 1967, two years after her triumph at the International Chopin Piano Competition, and are imbued with a youthful energy, particularly the dazzling, industrious Etude in C sharp minor which seems to encompass entire worlds within two minutes. Elsewhere, the rubato complexity of her rhythmic treatment of the Mazurkas in C sharp minor and D major brings to mind a classical equivalent of Thelonious Monk, while the Ballade No 1 in G minor from 1959 offers a bravura display of technique in the service of emotion.
Download this Ballade No 1 in G minor; Mazurka in C sharp minor; Etude in C sharp minor
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