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Three By Martha Argerich / Musical Toronto

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Martha Argerich has been presenting her own festival - Progetto Martha Argerich - in Lugano, Switzerland, for sixteen years. Earlier this year, her announcement that 2016 would be the festival's last season came as a great disappointment to her legions of fans who treasured this annual chamber music event in which they could hear her regularly perform with some of the world's greatest musicians and the talented youngsters she chose to showcase. Fortunately, although her festival is finished, Argerich herself will continue to tour as a concerto soloist and chamber music player - she stopped giving recitals in the 1980s - and recordings from her glorious past performances will continue to flow into the musical marketplace.

Argerich took the music world by storm in 1965 when, at the age of 24, she won the International Chopin Competition. But even before that, she had signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon.

This new DG boxed set brings together all the Chopin recordings she made with the Yellow Label from 1960 through 2000. There are five CDs in this boxed set, and they cover a wide range of repertoire, including the 24 Preludes Op. 28, the two piano concertos, the Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3, and various shorter works. But let me be clear about this: this is a collection of Chopin works played by Argerich, not the complete works of Chopin; in fact, there are some Chopin pieces that Argerich has neither played publicly nor recorded.

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