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A Martha Argerich Celebration - Martha Argerich plays Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev

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This remarkable DVD presents two unreleased performances filmed by BBC television in 1977: celebrated pianist Martha Argerich plays the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3. Both pieces are technically demanding and prove to be an ideal vehicle for Argerich's musical inspiration, demonstrating why she is hailed as one of the world's leading musicians. She is joined by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Charles Groves, and André Previn, in two powerhouse performances that offer a unique glimpse into our classical music heritage. Lovingly restored, using the finest state-of-the-art technology, the 'classic archive' series from IdealeAudience and EuroArts features great performances from legendary artists, offering a unique historical glimpse into our classical heritage.


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  • Actors: Argerich, Groves, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Previn, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Directors: Juban
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083UWX04
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 16, 2012
This is an historical issue of some considerable importance coupling, as it does, two key pieces from the repertoire of one of the finest pianists of our time at an early stage in her career. The sleeve comments that this pair of recordings made by the BBC in 1977 have been `lovingly restored, using the finest state-of-the-art technology.' I personally had doubts about the success of this especially as I own fine CDs of the same pieces recorded at a later date by Argerich and which are almost considered benchmark statements.

Well I can immediately report that the quality of the restoration has not been exaggerated. The colour imaging is remarkable, especially for its age, and very little allowance need be made here. The sound is presented in good genuine stereo. The camera work is rather less invasive than in some more recent issues and the detailed work gives a clear account of the performance. These comments must be read bearing in mind that this is not of Blu-ray level of course. Nevertheless it is a considerably superior effort to many later non-HD recordings.

As regards the actual performances, what we get to share here is absolutely what was to turn Argerich into something of a musical icon in later years. All the characteristics of her later playing are clearly here already and that makes this a fascinating record. I found myself wondering if Charles Groves and Andre Previn, the two conductors, had any inkling at that stage that here was a young pianist who was going to turn into something even more special.

What is quite clear is how closely the two conductors follow her every phrase with rapt attention. Their co-ordination of the orchestral requirements with those of Argerich as the performances unfold are object lessons in fine conducting.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John E. Martell Jr. on August 6, 2012
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If you do not know what a great artist Martha Argerich is, it is not possible to explain this phenomenal artist in a brief review. But it is clear to those of us who have listened to her for decades, that she is one of the great pianists of our time. And if you do know her as an artist you will be familiar with her CD recordings of the Tchaikovsky with Abbado, Kondrashin and Dutoit. All stunning recordings: perhaps even definitive as Gramophone says of her recording of the Tchaikovsky under Abbado. She has also done a marvelous Prokofiev on DGG.
So, her talent is not in dispute. But I sometimes think we forget the astonishing technical difficulty of the works we listen to these days and the intensity of focus required of these great performers. Therefore, to see her play these concerti is almost a revelation even for one, like me, who has listened to these works for decades. These performances are brilliantly played by a brilliant artist. There are moments when you listen and watch in disbelief. Her amazing musicality and technique are almost otherworldly.
And I think most viewers will be surprised at the orchestral accompaniment
and the fine performances of the conductors: Sir Charles Groves and Andre Previn, who has still conducted the best Rachmaninoff Symphony 2 I have ever heard. Of course, as is always the case, such reviews are subjective. But I found the performances to be thrilling. And I very highly recommend this DVD.
The video is excellent for its time and the sound is splendid.
Do yourself a favor and purchase this DVD. You will not regret a minute of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Incantessimo VINE VOICE on November 11, 2012
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This is a wonderful video of Argerich playing two fantastic piano concertos. Of the two, her Prokofiev is the outstanding performance.... Just brilliant. The audio quality and video quality are both completely fine, so I am not sure why some people are complaining about that. There is a good balance of camera work on her hands and her face, although at some points one wishes the camera angles were better since in one performance her hair masks her face quite a bit. But that is a small quibble. I have watched it through three times, and it is really great. Highly recommended!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By chewey on November 10, 2012
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This is a DVD re-master of (I guess) an old video tape recording. While it is good for perhaps nostalgic reasons or for archiving the fine performance of the very talented Ms. Argerich, this product is basically un-watchable and un-listenable. The video is poor quality, for example, Ms. Argerich's hand movements are so much blurred that one can't recognize which notes she was playing. The audio reminds me of old cassette tapes of classical music with limited bandwidth, audio noise and poor dynamic range. I can't recommend this product.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Williams VINE VOICE on February 18, 2013
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Somehow I got Martha's recording of Prokofiev 3 when I was pretty young and fell in love with it (and her).

What I didn't know until kind of recently is that she's a totally fascinating person who is very thoughtful and brilliant. I hate artists that have given no real thought to what their art is: both the aesthetics, and the process. This film shows that Argerich is the antithesis. Saw her perform the 3rd a few years ago in LA. Wow.

Great film I will watch again and again..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2012
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I have all her four Tchaikovsky recordings. So this is a must-have obviusly. I would say that her touch in this concert is a bit lighter by comparing to any of her recordings. The playing is stunning of course, but the BBC recoded sound is only average. Still, A dvd release recorded in her prime is always welcome.
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