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Sunday, June 5, marks the 75th birthday of the Argentine pianist Martha Argerich. The notoriously private musician isn't celebrating publicly - a Deutshe Gramophon box set of her recordings for the label was released in time for the milestone. We'll be feting her by playing recordings of the artist throughout the day.

In 2001, the French filmmaker Georges Gachot sat down with Argerich for three hours over one evening for a wide ranging and incredibly intimate interview. The result was Martha Argerich Evening Talks, in which she candidly discussed her bouts with stage fright and the lengths she'd go to cancel concerts - she once even cut her finger to prove she was too injured to play. She also explains her interpretations of several composers.

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