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Five Stars on a Scale of One to Three...,
This review is from: Martha Argerich: Début Recital (Audio CD)
If I were forced to eliminate my entire collection of classical recordings with the exception of one CD, this would be that CD. In short, it encompasses all of what Martha Argerich stands for as an artist; there is the unbridled passion, sensitivity, and inhuman virtuosity that all of her fans are all too familiar with. Every single work on this CD is a gem. The Chopin Scherzo is a piece Argerich has recorded several times, and here, it is as exciting as she has ever played it. The Brahms Rhapsodies are full of passion and possess a certain degree of maturity one may not at first suspect from such a firebrand virtuoso, and the Ravel is complete with shimmering textures and brilliantly original rubatos. The highlights of the disc, however, are the Liszt and Prokofiev performances. Argerich plays the opening of the Hungarian Rhapsody in a suitably pompous, almost arrogant manner, and the speed and audacity of the octave section is simply mind-boggling. The Prokofiev Toccata receives the best performance on record (Horowitz is the only competition, but his cuts are unnecessary and his additions superfluous). The Liszt Sonata is simply scintillating; Argerich manages to bring together the structural finesse of Pollini and the emotional intensity and impetuousness of Zimerman. This CD will amaze, enlighten, inspire, and hypnotize any lover of the repertoire. I give it the highest recommendation possible...wait, no, higher!
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Initial post: Jan 5, 2013 12:50:35 PM PST
High praise, indeed! Great review!
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