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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 / Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 3 [Original recording reissued]

Sergey Prokofiev , Bela Bartok , Charles Dutoit , Orchestre symphonique de Montréal , Martha Argerich Audio CD
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listen  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Flat, Op.10: I. Allegro briosoMartha Argerich/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal/Charles Dutoit 6:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Flat, Op.10: II. Andante assaiMartha Argerich/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal/Charles Dutoit 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Flat, Op.10: III. Allegro scherzandoMartha Argerich/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal/Charles Dutoit 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Concerto No. 3, Sz.119: I. AllegrettoMartha Argerich/Charles Dutoit/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 7:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Concerto No. 3, Sz.119: II. Adagio religioso -[poco più mosso] - tempo IMartha Argerich/Charles Dutoit/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal10:45Album Only
listen  6. Piano Concerto No. 3, Sz.119: III. Allegro vivace - [presto]Martha Argerich/Charles Dutoit/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 6:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Op.26: I. Andante - AllegroMartha Argerich/Charles Dutoit/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 9:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Op.26: II. Tema (Andantino) & VariationsMartha Argerich/Charles Dutoit/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 9:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Op.26: III. Allegro ma non troppo - meno mosso - AllegroMartha Argerich/Charles Dutoit/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 9:51$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Martha Argerich was born in Buenos Aires. From the age of five, she took piano lessons with Vicenzo Scaramuzza. In 1955 she went to Europe with her family, and received tuition from Friedrich Gulda in Vienna; her teachers also included Nikita Magaloff and Stefan Askenase. Following her first prizes in the piano competitions in Bolzano and Geneva in 1957, she embarked on an intensive programme ... Read more in Amazon's Martha Argerich Store

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  • Performer: Martha Argerich
  • Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Composer: Sergey Prokofiev, Bela Bartok
  • Audio CD (October 6, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00000C2J8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Martha Argerich first recorded the Prokofiev Third Concerto in the late '60s. Her fiery, hair-trigger playing, abetted by Claudio Abbado's incisive support with the Berlin Philharmonic in top form, set new standards for this warhorse. No one's come close to topping her extraordinary achievement, not even Argerich herself in this remake with Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. The recording quality, for one, is less well defined. Dutoit imparts less character to the orchestral tuttis than Abbado, and Argerich's fingerwork, remarkable by anyone else's standard, is a shade more casual (compare the extensive unison octave runs: stupefyingly perfect in the early version, brilliantly competent here.). By contrast, the pianist's scintillating, witty traversal of Prokofiev's brash First Concerto shines with youthful ardor. While one can easily admire the lyric fire she brings to Bartók's third Concerto, some of her agogic fussings pull focus from, rather than strengthen, the music's inherent classicism. Zoltán Koscis, András Schiff, and Annie Fischer (all Hungarian pianists, not uncoincidentally) imbue their phrasings with a more internalized, speech-like expression. --Jed Distler

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESTRUCK BY ARGERICH October 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
And dumbstruck, as well!

Indeed, in my experience, this is the only recording of his First Piano Concerto wherein the relentless keyboard banging and typical hectoring orchestral volatility take a subservient role to the abundant wonders imbued in this music.

Listen, for example, to the majestic unfurling of the glorious opening Allegro brioso of Concerto No. 1--- and, then, after an exciting horn fanfare, Argerich enters with the most phenomenal, articulated, running passagework. It takes the breath away! How well Argerich has "aged" playing this work, how caressing her panache, her quiet intensity. There's no fierceness anymore, no aggression, just revelation and a manifold interconnectedness with the music. Throughout, it's moments like this that propel the performance, that make it so completely appealing. Listen, again, to the flutes' eerie fluttering shortly into the Andante assai--- and how Argerich's magical piano comes whispering, cat-like and hushed. Lastly, thrill to the way Argerich and Dutoit pursue the cyclical material of the Allegro scherzando finale to a hair-raising conclusion. Prokofiev? I'd hardly recognize you.

As if this weren't enough, Concerto No. 3 shimmers and glows in the outer movements and is translucent in the Andantino "variations." That Argerich has matured and mellowed is so telling, especially here, in a concerto she first tackled back in 1957. No longer is her need to "showcase" her dynamism or "whiteknuckle" the keyboard. No. No need at all.

Thus she turns Bartok's Third Piano Concerto into an almost mystical experience, yet filled with a sense of jubilant humanity.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zestful & Refined February 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Martha Argerich's gives the listener an invigorating view of Prokofiev's youthful iconoclasm. Her entire reading is less hard-driven than Richter, but arguably more zestful and animated, less fierce.
Her performance of the Third Concerto is perhaps more languid than in her early legendary performance with Abbado. Nevertheless, it is still quite nimble and definitely more open to passing caprice and fancy.
It is in the Bartok concerto where she really shines. Some like Bartok a little rougher, but Argerich brings more refinement, giving the composer his own voice rather than imposing her own. This piano concerto has a Mozartean grace to it. She achieves a remarkable, delicate chamber-like balance that has sometimes eluded her in the past.
Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony achieve fine support and unity. The recording is clear and naturally balanced. While lacking her trademark spark, all three performances are full of integrity.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stupendous April 10, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Even though her Prokofiev 3rd is not as volatile as her earlier DG recording with Abbado, this one is more thoughtul and represents her mature interpretation of the concerto after more than 30 years of performing it in concert -- she is in no way technically inferior to the earlier recording. The Bartók 3rd is exemplary, and the technique in the Prokofiev 1st is astounding (although that comment regarding this pianist is superfluous).
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fabulous CD September 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Don't worry about the nit pickers. If you love this music, this is a fabulous performance of each of these great pieces. If you don't know this music, you owe it to yourself to get this CD and listen to it over and over again.
Argerich isn't just an important living pianist, she is one of the all time greats. Whether you always agree with her choices or not, she is always compelling. She is a treasure.
Here, the Bartok is performed by Argerich in an absolutely wonderful way. The orchestra does a spectacular job in making this music sounds as wonderful as it is.
The two Prokofiev concertos (1 & 3) are done with humor and energy as well as with intellect and taste.
Look, if you are still trying to get into twentieth century music, here is a CD that can help you make that move. These pieces are proof of the beauty and greatness of music making in the last century.
Listening to this CD is as much fun and intoxicating as your favorite roller coaster ride.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New gains, new losses August 31, 2001
By P. Rah
Format:Audio CD
Two of the three concertos represented here are first recordings for Argerich. The first piano concerto of Prokofiev is real fun to listen to. As Argerich herself admits, she understands the composer's sense of humour, and 'his sensitivity'. Her performances reveal the subtleties of the score as well as the seemingly banal sense of humour Prokofiev injects into his music. And, as always, her technique is faultless.
Her Bartok is again technically brilliant. Her intuitive musicality is put into wonderful use, as it sounds well-thought-out, but it also sounds naturally spontaneous.
I am afraid to say the Prokofiev 3rd concerto fares less well. And for this, I put the blame on Dutoit, not Argerich.
After the lyrical slow introduction, the piano introduces the main theme. All is fine at the start. But less than one minute after the pianist has entered, one hears strange tempi fluctuations from Argerich. They not only sound forced, but they don't make musical sense. For example, where the piano has repeated runs in octaves, here at 6:21, Argerich starts very quickly, but slows down (a very subtle change, but noticeable). To me, it sounds as if Dutoit is forcing her to keep her speed at a safe measure. That is the last thing a soloist needs, to be forced by a conductor. Isn't a conductor supposed 'support' a soloist?? (in the second octave runs, repeated at 9:09, the same thing happens, only it is much more noticeable)
While all this is happening, one can sense that she doesn't like all the pushing around she is getting from Mr. Dutoit. Compared to her first recording, the whole performance takes almost 3 minutes longer than her 1967 recording.
Having said all that, I hear things in the piano part I didn't hear before, enhancing one's knowledge and enjoyment of the music.
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Ms. Argerich is a phenomenal pianist who plays from memory and smiles, sometimes, 'purses' her lips, all in tune with her stunning technique. Read more
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This is a splendid recording for those who are seduced by musical modernism of the XXth century, more precisely by the piano output of two giants like Sergei Prokofiev and Bela... Read more
Published on June 6, 2012 by P. Adrian
4.0 out of 5 stars Prokofiev - Piano Concerti 1 & 3 Argerich, Dutoit, Montreal
Once again I broke my never buy Argerich rule, and once again I have paid for it. Dutoit and the Montreal are absolutely superb - clearly worth 5 or more stars. But Argerich. Read more
Published on May 5, 2011 by Gerald Rains
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail Argerich!
I did not know who Martha Argerich was until three weeks ago. I am not a pianist, my knowledge of the Byzantine workings of the piano concert circuit virtually nil, and except for... Read more
Published on December 12, 2010 by William Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars (+) Only Argerich is Her Equal in the Prokofiev Third
Martha Argerich has held the hegemony in Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto for the past four+ decades. Read more
Published on October 10, 2009 by C. Pontus T.
5.0 out of 5 stars a confusion by the reviewers
This is one of Argerich's greatest recorded performances. The reviewers who talk about the performance being more tame or passive are confused by the microphone placement by the... Read more
Published on August 5, 2009 by Douglas Buys
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassed Emotional Shading
Why is it that on long drives Piano Concerto No.1 is the piece that wins out among the CDs? Answer: Argerich's sublime shadings. Read more
Published on June 15, 2006 by Neil Cotiaux
4.0 out of 5 stars Martha Argerich...
After reading the other interview, I've decided to "chime-in" with my own, simple review. Ms. Argerich's playing is simply top-rate! Read more
Published on July 25, 2005 by D. S. HARDEN
4.0 out of 5 stars argerich is amazing
dutiot and argerich make a great team they blend very well together espesily in the 3rd concerto, very well played probeley the best 3rd iv every heard though i havent heard them... Read more
Published on July 9, 2005 by Leander E. Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoowhee.
Ms. Argerich has always given a smashing Prokofiev and on this CD you get that, twice. I owned her recording of Prokofiev's Toccata in C Major, Opus 11, before I bought this CD. Read more
Published on June 8, 2004 by Stephen G Bowden
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