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Martha Argerich

Born in Buenos Aires, Martha Argerich was enrolled for piano study at the age of five by her mother, with piano teacher Vincenzo Scaramuzza. He stressed lyricism and feeling. "When the sound is empty," he said to her, "it sounds like a pair of pants walking into the room with nothing inside them." She made her debut playing a Mozart concerto when she was eight, mentally preparing herself for the concert by making herself believe that, "if I missed a single note, I would explode." She did not miss a single note. In 1955 her family moved to Europe, where she studied in Switzerland with Madeleine Lipatti, then with Nikita Magaloff and eventually with Friedrich Gulda, an early idol.

In 1957, at the age of 16, she won the Geneva International Competition and the Ferruccio Busoni International Competition within three weeks. At the Bolzano Competition she met Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. When she was about 20 and in the throes of an artistic crisis, she sought him out for advice.

In 1965 she became the first pianist from the Western Hemisphere to win first prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, and the following year, she made her U.S. debut in Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series. Her long association with the Deutsche Grammophon label began in 1967.

Although she plays Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schumann, her repertoire centers on composers such as Rachmaninov, Ravel, and Prokofiev, and more modern composers, including Lutoslawski and Messiaen. After the first few years of her career she gave up playing solo recitals, preferring collaborative musical work. Only her first two albums were solo.

She first publicly played chamber music when she was 17, accompanying violinist Joseph Szigeti. Especially known as a chamber-music player and as a graceful musical collaborator, she has performed with pianists Stephen Kovacevich, Nicolas Economou, Nelson Freire, and Alexandre Rabinovich, violinist Gidon Kremer, and cellist Mischa Maisky.

Among her standout recordings are those of Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen, the Piano Concerto No. 1 of Tchaikovsky, and the third concertos of Prokofiev and Rachmaninov. The Deutsche Grammophon coupling of the Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, conducted by her then-husband, Charles Dutoit, is considered among the great classics of recorded piano concerto repertory.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Beethoven: Cellosonaten, Op. 5; Variations

Title: Variations For Cello & Piano In F Major On Mozart's "Ein Mädchen Oder Weibchen," Op. 66
Title: Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 1 In F Major, Op. 5/1
Title: Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 2 In G Minor, Op. 5/2
Title: Variations For Cello & Piano In E Flat Major On Mozart's "Bei Männern," Woo 46
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Track List: Beethoven: Piano Concertos No. 2 & 3

Title: Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37

1. Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37: I. Allegro Con Brio

2. Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37: II. Largo

3. Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37: III. Rondo: Allegro

Title: Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Major, Op. 19

4. Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Major, Op. 19: I. Allegro Con Brio

5. Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Major, Op. 19: II. Adagio

6. Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Major, Op. 19: III. Rondo. Molto Allegro

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Track List: Chopin: Preludes; Scherzos; Impromptus; Rondos

Disc 1
Title: Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189

1. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: I. In C Major, CT. 166

2. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: II. In A Minor, CT. 167

3. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: III. In G Major, CT. 168

4. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: IV. In E Minor, CT. 169

5. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: V. In D Major, CT. 170

6. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: VI. In B Minor, CT.171

7. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: VII. In A Major, CT. 172

8. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: VIII. In F-sharp Minor, Ct. 173

9. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: IX. In E Major, CT.174

10. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: X. In C-sharp Minor, CT. 175

11. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XI. In B Major, CT. 176

12. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XII. In G-sharp Minor, Ct. 177

13. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XIII. In F-sharp Major, Ct. 178

14. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XIV. In E-flat Minor, CT. 179

15. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XV. In D-flat Major ("Raindrop"), CT. 180

16. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XVI. In B-flat Minor, CT. 181

17. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XVII. In A-flat Major, CT. 182

18. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XVIII. In F Minor, CT. 183

19. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XIX. In E-flat Major, CT. 184

20. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XX. In C Minor, CT. 185

21. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XXI. In B-flat Major, CT. 186

22. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XXII. In G Minor, CT. 187

23. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XXIII. In F Major, CT. 188

24. Preludes (24) For Piano, Op. 28, Ct. 166-189: XXIV. In D Minor, CT. 189

Title: Prelude for piano No. 25 in C sharp minor, Op. 45, CT. 190

25. Prelude for piano No. 25 in C sharp minor, Op. 45, CT. 190: Prelude for Piano No. 25 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45, CT. 190

Title: Work(s)

26. Work(s): Prelude In Ab Op Posth

Title: Impromptu For Piano In A Flat Major, Op. 29, Ct. 43

27. Impromptu For Piano In A Flat Major, Op. 29, Ct. 43: Impromptu In A-flat Major, Op.29, CT. 43

Title: Impromptu For Piano In F Sharp Major, Op. 36, Ct. 44

28. Impromptu For Piano In F Sharp Major, Op. 36, Ct. 44: Impromptu For Piano In F-sharp Major, Op. 36, CT. 44

Title: Impromptu For Piano In G Flat Major, Op. 51, Ct. 45

29. Impromptu For Piano In G Flat Major, Op. 51, Ct. 45: Impromptu For Piano In G-flat Major, Op. 51, CT. 45

Title: Fantasy-impromptu For Piano In C Sharp Minor, Op. 66, Ct. 46

30. Fantasy-impromptu For Piano In C Sharp Minor, Op. 66, Ct. 46: Fantasy-Impromptu For Piano In C-sharp Minor, Op. 66, CT. 46

Disc 2
Title: Scherzo For Piano No. 1 In B Minor, Op. 20, Ct. 197

1. Scherzo For Piano No. 1 In B Minor, Op. 20, Ct. 197: Scherzo for Piano No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20, Ct. 197

Title: Scherzo For Piano No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 31, Ct. 198

2. Scherzo For Piano No. 2 In B Flat Minor, Op. 31, Ct. 198: Scherzo for Piano No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op. 31, Ct. 198

Title: Scherzo For Piano No. 3 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 39, Ct. 199

3. Scherzo For Piano No. 3 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 39, Ct. 199: Scherzo for Piano No. 3 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 39, Ct. 199

Title: Scherzo For Piano No. 4 In E Major, Op. 54, Ct. 200

4. Scherzo For Piano No. 4 In E Major, Op. 54, Ct. 200: Scherzo for Piano No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54, Ct. 200

Title: Rondo for piano in C minor, Op. 1, CT. 192

5. Rondo for piano in C minor, Op. 1, CT. 192: Rondo for Piano in C Minor, Op. 1, CT. 192

Title: Rondo à la Mazur for piano in F major, Op. 5. CT. 193

6. Rondo à la Mazur for piano in F major, Op. 5. CT. 193: Rondo à La Mazur for Piano in F Major, Op. 5. CT. 193

Title: Introduction in C minor and Rondo in E flat major for piano, Op. 16, CT. 195

7. Introduction in C minor and Rondo in E flat major for piano, Op. 16, CT. 195: Introduction in C Minor and Rondo in E Flat Major for Piano, Op. 16, CT. 195

Title: Rondo for 2 pianos (or solo piano) in C major, Op. 73, CT. 196

8. Rondo for 2 pianos (or solo piano) in C major, Op. 73, CT. 196: Rondo for 2 Pianos (Or Solo Piano) in C Major, Op. 73, CT. 196

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Track List: Lugano Concertos

Disc 1
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: Piano Concerto No. 1 In C Major, Op. 15
Composer: Francis Poulenc
Title: Concerto For 2 Pianos & Orchestra In D Minor, Fp 61
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Concerto For 3 (Or 2) Pianos & Orchestra In F Major ("Lodron," "Concerto No. 7"), K. 242
Disc 2
Composer: Robert Schumann
Title: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op. 54
Composer: Sergey Prokofiev
Title: Piano Concerto No. 1 In D Flat Major, Op. 10
Title: Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Major, Op. 26
Disc 3
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Major, Op. 19
Composer: Franz Liszt
Title: Piano Concerto No. 1 In E Flat Major, S. 124 (Lw H4)
Composer: Béla Bartók
Title: Piano Concerto No. 3 In E Major, Sz. 119, Bb 127 (Completed By Tibor Serly)
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Variations (5) On An Original Theme For Piano, 4 Hands In G Major, K. 501
Disc 4
Composer: Franz Schubert
Title: Divertissement à La Hongroise For Piano, 4 Hands In G Minor, D. 818 (Op. 54)
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Title: Liebeslieder Waltzes (18) For Vocal Quartet & Piano, 4 Hands, Op. 52
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Title: Les Noces III (The Wedding), Ballet In 4 Tableaux For Vocal Soloists, Chorus, 4 Pianos & Percussion
Composer: Darius Milhaud
Title: Scaramouche (3), Suite For 2 Pianos, Op. 165b
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Track List: Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; The Nutcracker Suite

Title: Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor, Op. 23

1. Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor, Op. 23: I. Allegro Non Troppo E Molto Maestoso - Allegro Con Spirito

2. Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor, Op. 23: II. Andantino Semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo 1

3. Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor, Op. 23: III. Allegro Con

Title: Nutcracker, Suite From The Ballet, Op. 71a

4. Nutcracker, Suite From The Ballet, Op. 71a: I. Ouverture Miniature. Allegro Giusto

5. Nutcracker, Suite From The Ballet, Op. 71a: a. March: Tempo Di Marcia Viva

6. Nutcracker, Suite From The Ballet, Op. 71a: b. Danse De La Fée Dragée

7. Nutcracker, Suite From The Ballet, Op. 71a: c. Danse Russe (Trépak). Tempo Di Trepak. Molto Vivace

8. Nutcracker, Suite From The Ballet, Op. 71a: d. Danse Arabe: Allegretto

9. Nutcracker, Suite From The Ballet, Op. 71a: e. Danse Chinoise: Allegro Moderato

10. Nutcracker, Suite From The Ballet, Op. 71a: f. Danse Des Mirlitons: Moderato Assai

11. Nutcracker, Suite From The Ballet, Op. 71a: III. Valse Des Fleurs. Tempo Di Valse

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Treat yourself to her Rach # 3 one of the greatest recordings of this masterpieces
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Martha's "touch" made the keyboard sound like a harp in some passages. Wow!

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