Deutsche Grammophon 2016
Deutsche Grammophon has recently released Martha Argerich’s Early recordings, a double disc set which includes some of the best interpretations of a young but already marvellous pianist. The recordings date from the Sixties. What makes so impressive these early recordings after a long career is that Martha Argerich at that time was already perfect and was able to conquer anyone with only few bars of music. The brightness of Mozart’s Sonata is absolutely enchanting, for example, but what catches immediately your attention (first the eye, looking through the tracklist, then the ear, when the music begins) is Prokofiev‘s Toccata, considered one of Argerich’s masterpieces.
The pieces are not only played with the skill I have just said but are also musically pleasing. They include:
- W. A. Mozart, Sonata per pianoforte n. 18 in D major K. 576. Allegro, Adagio, Allegretto (rec. 1960)
- L. van Beethoven, Sonata per pianoforte n. 7 in D major op. 10/3. Presto, Largo e mesto, Minuetto (Allegro) e Trio, Rondò (Allegro) (rec. 1960)
- S. Prokofiev, Toccata op.11 (rec. 1960)
- M. Ravel, Gaspard de la nuit. Ondine, Le gibet, Scarbo (rec. 1960)
- S. Prokofiev, Sonata per pianoforte n. 3 in A minor op. 28 “From old notebooks” (reg. 1960)
- M. Ravel, Sonatina. Modéré, Mouvement de menuet, Animé (rec. 1960)
- S. Prokofiev, Sonata per pianoforte n. 7 in B flat major op. 83. Allegro inquieto. Andantino. Allegro inquieto; Andante caloroso. Poco più animato. Più largamente. Un poco agitato. Tempo primo; Precipitato (rec. 1967)
Therefore, this is an excellent CD, valuable for Argerich’s fans and also by those who approaches this artist for the first time and who, very likely, will be dazzled by her.