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Martha Argerich set for Beethoven with Sydney Symphony this June speaks with 'The Age'

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There are a few things everyone in the music world knows, or thinks they know, about Martha Argerich, the Argentine-born pianist. She's private, moody and unpredictable. She's wildly beautiful, with a long, thick mass of hair – once dark, now gray – and a radiant, quick smile, and at 75, she still wears the peasant blouses and cotton pants of a teenager circa 1968. And she plays the piano brilliantly, ferociously and, perhaps, better than anyone else on Earth.

Trying to pin her down for an interview seems impossible. She is said to give interviews only rarely, with reluctant. Yet when an interview time is eventually named, and a number dialled, there she is, on the phone from her oldest daughter's house in Switzerland, speaking in a lilting, girlish voice, sounding warm and natural and utterly unlike a formidable reclusive genius.

Martha Argerich will play Beethoven with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from June 29.

 

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