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Chopin, Liszt: Piano Concertos / Martha Argerich, London Symphony Orchestra

Chopin , Liszt Audio CD
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listen  1. Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor, Op.11 - 1. Allegro maestosoLondon Symphony Orchestra19:00Album Only
listen  2. Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor, Op.11 - 2. Romance (Larghetto)London Symphony Orchestra 9:58Album Only
listen  3. Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor, Op.11 - 3. Rondo (Vivace)London Symphony Orchestra 9:04Album Only
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listen  5. Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124 - 2. Quasi adagio - Allegretto vivace - Allegro animatoLondon Symphony Orchestra 8:26Album Only
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  • Audio CD (September 17, 1996)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GS1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There has never been a more exciting pianist that Martha Argerich. Throughout her career, any appearance by her guarantees sellout crowds and an evening of memorable, not to say insane, music making. She has always drastically limited her repertoire--about a dozen concertos, a few more solo and chamber works--and will not perform or record solo recitals at all any more. But every single thing that she has recorded is a prime recommendation, plain and simple. She's one of the very few artists whose recordings one should collect just because of whom she is: unique and incomparable. These two concertos perfectly illustrate her gifts as an interpreter. Your ears will be glued to your speakers. --David Hurwitz

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5.0 out of 5 stars Definition of self-recommending? December 15, 2000
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In Argerich's selective discography, her Chopin stands out. She has performed this concerto many times, and recently recorded it digitally with Dutoit for EMI. I frankly don't see a whole lot to separate them -- both are infused with Argerich's unique combination of impetuosity and repose. This is a masculine Chopin, not some salon charmer, strongly chorded, and virile and glittering in passage work. I cannot think of any other pianist who has played this work with such individuality. Abbado, too, is an excellent accompanist, alert and intelligent, despite the distinctly minor role he has in proceedings.
The Liszt has similar virtues, with a marvellous sense of ebb and flow. It really stakes out the virtues of this work as an inventive composition of the first-rate, rather than hollow virtuosity. What's so good about the Argerich performance is that although she dominates the work, one still feels acutely a sense of struggle and spontaneity that seems absent from today's young lions. Again, well accompanied. Well recorded, too. If you can't find the Argerich collection, this disk is a mandatory acquisition.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic grandeur & quiet intimacy November 21, 2005
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Argerich and Abbado, both recording in their youth, in 1968, have perfectly captured both the majestic grandeur of the allegro movements and the quiet intimacy of the adagios in these two piano concertos. I was extremely pleased at the clarity of the sound, especially given that this is an analog recording made more than 35 years ago. The balance between the orchestra and the soloist is one of the best that I have ever heard on the several versions of the Chopin Concerto that I have. I thoroughly enjoyed the Liszt as well. Argerich's scintillating style is a sheer pleasure to listen to and Abbado brings out the very best of the London Symphony Orchestra. The two, orchestra and soloist, complement each other perfectly. The outstanding sound quality of this recording may in part be due to the fact that it was recorded at Wahthamstow Town Hall, in the outskirts of London. According to the CD notes, this recording location was specifically chosen because the hall's acoustics have a high reputation. Recommended without reservation, and with complete enthusiasm.
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4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful recording April 16, 2004
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I like Argerich's Rachmaninoff, so I thought to try her Chopin, and I was not disappointed. She plays the Chopin concerto with both verve and lilting melody. It is a delight to listen to. The orchestra is up to Argerich's standards, as is the quality of the recording. It was hard to believe that this was an analog recording from the 1960s. The music of the Chopin concerto was more to my taste than the Liszt, but I still liked it very much; they are a good pairing on the CD.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Is the ever comical David Hurwitz doing Argerich any good by saying that a more exciting pianist has never existed (has he heard Liszt in person)? Or that every one of her recordings is a prime recommendation (come now)? We get the idea that he likes her. These relatively early recordings of the Chopin and Liszt First Concertos are a pendant to her Prokofiev and Ravel with Abbado, two other brilliant recordings.

What makes me admire this CD is that neither work is first-rate, and both have achieved the status of tin-plated warhorses. Therefore, it takes something special to hold one's attetnion. Abbado's conducting is fine but not eye-opening. Argerich is a different matter: she plays with wonderful imagination and originality. There's barely a measure of music that doesn't sound new; she has the ability to draw you into her own inner world, making you feel that you are eavesdropping on art in the making. Needless to say, all the essential flash and fire are also in place. Highly recommended.
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By J. Lee
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I have a classical library of over 3000 CD's, but these two romantic piano concerti are among my two favorites --so much so that I have collected dozens of recordings of both. Argerich's first recording of the Chopin concerto with Abbado and the LSO remains my favorite Chopin 1 of all time. This one is SPECIAL. The recording was made a few years after Argerich's triumph at the International Chopin Competition, and it shows her at her young fiery pinnacle. I prefer this recording over the EMI Charles Dutoit recording by a fair margin. There are special moments throughout all three movements that make my hair still stand up. Her scintillating attacks on octaves and arpeggios send lightning bolts up my spine. No less movement are her delicate trills. This is not your demure gentle Chopin. I used to say that Argerich plays like a man. She plays passages with a male's vigor, and yet her incredibly delicate fingering at blistering fingerspeed blows my mind. If I could make an analogy to sound engineering, it's as if her dynamic range on the keyboard is an extra 20dB over other pianists. I know it's not, but that's how much her fantastic artistry moves me. The LSO and Abbado are in fine form here, and they do not miss a beat while keeping up with Argerich's rubato. Many claim that the Rachmaninov/Kondrasin recording shows Argerich at her best, but I disagree. This recording is signature Argerich. The only other recording that I would recommend more is her Debut Recital recording of the Liszt Sonata. I have a quality reference stereo system, and every time a new SACD recording of the Chopin concerto is released, I am eager to buy it in the hope that the artistic quality will displace the Argerich recording in a new glorious modern digital sound. Read more ›
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