Martha Argerich / Nelson Freire

Martha Argerich & Nelson Freire in Salzburg

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AllMusic Review by James Leonard

Pianists Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire are stupendous virtuosos, and there's nothing in this recording of their 2009 Salzburg recital of staggeringly difficult works they cannot play. They know each other so well as old duo piano partners that their playing is stunning in its unity, but their distinctive individuality also comes across. What's most impressive about this recital is how completely Argerich and Freire have made this music their own. Brahms' Haydn Variations sound freer and fresher, more playful, and more profound than ever. Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances are thrillingly rhapsodic, rapturous, and dramatic. Schubert's Grand Rondeau is more lyrical, intimate, and graceful than usual, and Ravel's La Valse more ecstatic and apocalyptically over-the-top frightening than in any comparable recordings, including Argerich's own earlier releases. Captured in wonderfully clear yet wholly present digital sound, the performances on this disc will be compulsory listening for anyone who loves music, any music.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56b
1 Martha Argerich / Nelson Freire 02:01 Amazon
2 Martha Argerich / Nelson Freire 01:01 Amazon
3 Martha Argerich / Nelson Freire 00:57 Amazon
4 Martha Argerich / Nelson Freire 01:45 Amazon
5 Martha Argerich / Nelson Freire 01:44 Amazon
6 Martha Argerich / Nelson Freire 00:52 Amazon
7 Martha Argerich / Nelson Freire 01:15 Amazon
8 Martha Argerich / Nelson Freire 02:47 Amazon
9 Martha Argerich / Nelson Freire 00:49 Amazon
10 Martha Argerich / Nelson Freire 03:54 Amazon
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
11 Martha Argerich / Nelson Freire 11:16 Amazon
12 Martha Argerich / Nelson Freire 08:11 Amazon
13 Martha Argerich / Nelson Freire 12:29 Amazon
14 Martha Argerich / Nelson Freire 11:09 Amazon
15 Martha Argerich / Nelson Freire 12:08 Amazon
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