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Classic Archive: 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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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.
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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