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Martha Argerich - Early Recordings / Classical Radio Boston 'CD Of the Week'

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From the imagination, curiosity, and wit of the WCRB staff, find personal reflections and comments about the music you hear every day on Classical Radio Boston. Check back often for the deep dive, the spontaneous revelation, and the beyond-the-broadcast connections that bring the music alive. For June 13, our CD of the Week: Martha Argerich: Early Recordings.

In 1960 Martha Argerich was not yet a household name. Her début album was not to be released by Deutsche Grammophon until the following year, and the popularity that she was to achieve on winning the 1965 Warsaw Chopin Competition was not yet hers for the taking. And yet she was not completely unknown. She was born in Buenos Aires in 1941 and had already attracted attention as a child prodigy. Among her teachers were such famous pianists as Friedrich Gulda, Madeleine Lipatti and Nikita Magaloff. And soon after winning the 1957 Busoni and Geneva international competitions at the age of only sixteen, she had already made a number of important concert débuts. It is no wonder, then, that her name had come to the attention of various broadcasters. Only now has she sanctioned the release of some of the recordings that she made for North German and West German Radio in 1960 and 1967. They round off and complement our picture of Martha Argerich's pianism.