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Martha Argerich - Early Recordings is Stereophile 'Recording for November 2016'

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There is no dearth of recordings by the great Argentine pianist Martha Argerich-over 150 are listed in her discography-and here, in honor of her 75th birthday, are two more discs, comprising previously unreleased material. Argerich has been playing publicly since she was eight years old; in 1957, she won the Busoni and Geneva competitions and continued to concertize, but it was not until she won the Chopin Competition, in Warsaw, in 1965 that she began to become a household name (in pianist-loving households). There is a rumor that she has never given a bad concert or made a poor or uninteresting recording; this new set does nothing to contradict it.

The recordings here were all made in studios in 1960, save for the Prokofiev Sonata 7, from 1967. All of it finds Argerich at her most impetuously brilliant, seeming to speak from the notes she plays-a description that may sound unnecessarily poetic, but give it a listen.

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