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Deutsche Grammophon has taken Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich's 75th birthday very seriously. New releases include a Bueno Aires concert featuring Argerich with Daniel Barenboim in duos by Schumann, Debussy and Bartok, as well as a generous five-disc Chopin set. Included here are the composer's concertos, complete Preludes and two accounts of his cello sonata, 20 years apart, with Mstislav Rostropovich and Mischa Maisky - perfect for comparing interpretations, phrase by phrase. The latest birthday offering, Early Recordings, comes with a stylishly retro Fred Munzmaier cover. Two discs of previously unreleased solo performances, mostly from 1960, are particularly welcome when this pianist has focused on concerto and ensemble work for decades.

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