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Robert Cummings
Classical Net, October 2012

When you issue a recording of live concerts featuring Martha Argerich playing the Tchaikovsky First and Prokofiev Third concertos, you’re not going out on any limbs in the marketplace. You know the recording will sell—and it is well that this one should. In these 1977 concerts, filmed in color by the way, she comes across as the young lioness of the piano, utterly assured, playing with impressive technique and seeming ease. Octaves fly and notes typically ripple with buzz-saw precision and speed. But it’s not just a virtuosic show: Argerich gives the music passion and sweep, and the colorful character of both concertos comes through convincingly.

Argerich’s Tchaikovsky First…is fiery and driven, eschewing some of the refinement heard in the 1970 account.

Argerich has always played this [Prokofiev Third] concerto well, and so you can’t go wrong with this video version…Both performances by her in fact are thrilling. The sound…[is] quite excellent mono for its time. The camera work is splendid…Fans of Argerich and keyboard mavens wanting propulsive accounts of these two war horses won’t go wrong with this Ideale Audience DVD. © 2012 Classical Net



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, July 2012

Excellent video and stereo sound on the new issue, valuable indeed for Argerich’s legion of admirers. © 2012 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review






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