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Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, March 2012

As Jeremy Siepmann rightly states in the booklet that accompanies this DVD “For a significant number of people Martha Argerich is simply the greatest pianist of our time”. This DVD is proof again, were it needed, of how true this is. As Siepmann again puts it “No matter what repertoire she plays, she sounds, as they say, “in her element”.” As he explains Argerich is firstly extremely selective about which composer’s music she plays and what of them she plays. Secondly, she is uncategorisable for she does not play each with a recognisable style but with such total understanding and conviction that you feel it is as near as anyone can possibly get to the composer’s intention; that is a rare thing. Her playing is unmannered yet totally convincing in every respect.

…the playing is so crisp and beautifully articulated…and very well served by orchestra and conductor. Some of the close-ups of the players’ hands were breathtaking in their clarity and closeness, even showing Martha’s hands from below. This will surely be of great interest to those studying the instruments in question.

All in all it is an extremely rewarding and satisfying DVD that will entrance whenever it is played. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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