Martha Argerich / Philharmonia Orchestra / Giuseppe Sinopoli
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (CD)
This one-off partnership on record between the mercurial Argentinean pianist and scholarly Italian conductor may have looked unlikely on paper, but it struck sparks in early Beethoven, as the critical response at the time recognised. Martha Argerich is, as Gramophone's reviewer acknowledged in September 1986, a brilliant technician, "but there is also a fantastic streak in her make-up, a capacity for creative fantasy, which is needed if areas of these remarkable works are to be brought fully and vividly to life. In both these early concertos, her touch is light and expert".
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
Martha Argerich, piano Philharmonia Orchestra Giuseppe Sinopoli