Haydn. Piano & Cello Concertos
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Haydn. Piano & Cello Concertos

Martha Argerich

Label: Fryderyk Chopin Institute
Format: CD
Barcode: 5906395034185
Catalog number: NIFCCD 052
Releasedate: 03-05-19
- The great Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky in never before issued recordings from 1992 and 1993.

There are events which are unforgettable, which sink deep into our memory and alter our reality. Priceless for anyone privileged enough to witness them, they create history and constitute points of reference in the cultural space. Such events certainly include concerts which, thanks to recordings, we can relish again and again to our heart’s delight. And although a recording cannot replace the illumination of that unrepeatable moment in time when every- thing happens ‘here and now’, there is no doubt that a recording allows us to repeatedly savour what we experienced in the concert hall.

Martha Argerich was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina). She began her first piano lessons at the age of five with Vincenzo Scaramuzza. Considered a child prodigy, she soon performed in public. In 1955, she moved to Europe and continued her studies in London, Vienna and in Switzerland with Seidlhofer, Gulda, Magaloff, Mrs iLipatti and Stefan Askenase. In 1957, she won the Bolzano and Geneva Piano Competitions, and in 1965 the Warsaw International Chopin Competition. Since then, she has been one of the most prominent pianists in the world both in popularity and ability. Argerich has been rated highly for her performance of the virtuoso piano literature of the XIX and XX centuries. Her large repertoire includes Bach and Bartok, Beethoven and Messiaen, as well as Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Franck, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky. Though she is constantly invited by the most prestigious orchestras, conductors and music festivals in Europe, Japan and America, chamber music takes a significant part of her musical life. She regularly plays and records with pianists Nelson Freire and Alexandre Rabinovitch, cellist Mischa Maisky and violonist Gidon Kremer: "This harmony within a group of people gives me a strong and peaceful feeling".

Argerich has recorded for EMI, Sony, Philips, Teldec, DGG and many of her performances were broadcasted on television worldwide. She has received many awards: aGrammy Award for Bartok and Prokofiev Concertos, Gramophone - Artist of the Year, Best Piano Concerto Recording of the Year for Chopin concertos, Choc of the Monde de la Musique for her Amsterdam recital, Künstler des Jahres from the Deutsche Schallplatten Kritik, a further Grammy Award for Prokofiev's Cinderella with Mikael Pletnev and this year's Grammy Award for Beethoven Concertos 2 & 3 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Claudio Abbado (DGG / Best Instrumental Soloist Performance). Since 1998, she has been the Artistic Director of the Beppu Festival in Japan; in 1999 she created the International Piano Competition and Festival Martha Argerich in Buenos Aires, and in June 2002 the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano. She has received numerous distinctions, including Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 1996 and Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2004 from the French Government; Accademica di Santa Cecilia in Rome in 1997; Musician of the Year by Musical America in 2001; The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by the Japanese Emperor; and the prestigious Praemium Imperiale by the Japan Art Association in 2005.