Martha Argerich, London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado – Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor, Op.11 / Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124 (1968/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Martha Argerich, London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado – Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor, Op.11 / Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124 (1968/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 55:39 minutes | 2,10 GB | Genre: Classical
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Classical masterpiece: Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt were both piano virtuosi of the highest order. So it’s no surprise to find that their concertos were composed as vehicles for them to flaunt their digital wizardry — though the two masters strutted their stuff in very different ways. Chopin adored the bel canto operas of Bellini and Donizetti, and both his concertos are like extended operatic scenes in which the piano acts the role of the prima donna, and the pianist is required to play the music with a limpid, singing tone and supple phrasing. Liszt’s performances were much more of a spectacle; supposedly, his bravura displays had similar effect on women as Elvis Presley’s gyrating hips would about a century later. In his Concerto No. 1, the pianist must thunder up and down the keyboard as well as dazzle in dizzying flurries of notes. In both concertos, the orchestra is there primarily to provide a solid, ornamental frame for the soloist. Martha Argerich’s playing probably would have knocked the socks off of Chopin, Liszt, or any other 19th-century virtuoso, for that matter. She can thunder and dazzle with the best of ’em — and she does so thrillingly in this performance of the Liszt Concerto. She also plays Chopin with melting beauty, which is perhaps one reason why this recording helped to gain Argerich a cultlike following.

„There has never been a more exciting pianist that Martha Argerich. Throughout her career, any appearance by her guarantees sellout crowds and an evening of memorable, not to say insane, music making. She has always drastically limited her repertoire–about a dozen concertos, a few more solo and chamber works–and will not perform or record solo recitals at all any more. But every single thing that she has recorded is a prime recommendation, plain and simple. She’s one of the very few artists whose recordings one should collect just because of whom she is: unique and incomparable. These two concertos perfectly illustrate her gifts as an interpreter. Your ears will be glued to your speakers.“ –David Hurwitz

“Here is beautifully projected playing, the emotional quality of the music judged to a poetic nicety, the bravura never gratuitous. Between them Argerich and Abbado generate a heady world of romance and electricity.” –BBC Music Magazine

“These performances, in DG’s beautifully refurbished sound, remain as fanciful and coruscating as the day they were made. Argerich’s fluency and re-creative spark dazzle and dumbfound to a unique degree but, given her reputation for fireeating virtuosity, it’s perhaps necessary to say that both performances quiver with rare sensitivity as well as drama. Time and again she gives a telling and haunting poetic counterpoint to her, arguably, more familiar way of trailing clouds of virtuoso glory. Abbado partners his mercurial soloist as to the manner born, finding (in the Chopin in particular) a burgeoning sense of wonder where others sound dry and foursquare.” –Gramophone Classical Music Guide

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor, Op.11
1. I. Allegro maestoso 18:54
2. II. Romance. Larghetto 10:04
3. III. Rondo. Vivace 09:08

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124
4. I. Allegro maestoso 05:05
5. II. Quasi adagio; III. Allegretto vivace – Allegro animato 08:27
6. IV. Allegro marziale animato 04:02

Martha Argerich, piano
London Symphony Orchestra
Claudio Abbado, conductor


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