Martha Argerich has through the past decades claimed the position as one of the greatest pianists of the post-war era. From her legendary debut recording in 1961 up till this day she has given the music world some of its most valued treasures, in form of recordings and concerts. Her recordings ranges from Bach to Bartók, with an emphasis on central romantic, and early modernist repertoire.
Her name first occured after winning the 1957 Busoni competition at Bolzano, and she acquired additional fame with her remarkable debut recital on DG from 1961. She was also awarded the first prize in the Chopin competition in Warszaw in 1965.
Since then her probings into the works of Liszt, Chopin, Ravel, Prokofiev, Schumann, Bartók and others have given her a place in the Elysium of musicians along side with predecessors such as Horowitz, Richter and Gilels and contemporary colleagues such as Pollini, Zimerman and Perahia. As for my self, I must admit that no other pianist have given me moments of pure heavenly bliss like Martha Argerich. I first encountered her in a recording of Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, and have since been a devoted fan and admirer of her stunning musicianship. I should therefore warn you, that this presentation, of this young man's greatest musical love is written through highly subjective and adoring glases.
Martha Argerich's production of recordings is extensive, and only a selection of them will be presented here.
Further Reading: Martha Argerich
In the first instalment of a new occasional series comparing early and late-career recordings by the same artist, Paul revisits two landmark albums from the Argentine pianist.
Katherine enjoys an evening of chamber music with Martha Argerich and friends.