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The young Argerich, already fully formed,
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This review is from: Martha Argerich: The Legendary 1965 Recording (Audio CD)
Martha Argerich recorded this Chopin recital soon after her triumph in the 1965 Warsaw Chopin competition. This exciting disc, though done in the studio, has the feel of a live performance, partly due to the somewhat opaque sound and partly due to an occasional spot of slightly untidy execution that only adds to the excitement of these white-hot performances. Argerich's blazing technique welds together the first movement of the B minor Sonata, which can sound loose and sprawling in other hands. The fearlessness and elan that won her an international career is much in evidence in the fast movements of the Sonata, the C-sharp minor Scherzo, and the A-flat Polonaise that concludes this recording, while the Largo, the Mazurkas and the Nocturne display her consummate musicianship and ability to sustain a musical line. Suppressed for decades, this CD is most welcome, better late than never, as a portrait of a great pianist in her early glory.