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    Default Argerich and the Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX4SYXlUifs

    She played this two days ago (at 78!). IMO, no one plays this better than her.
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    She's brilliant, in this and countless other Concertos. But someone's always going to disagree with you......


    This is a desert island disc for me:

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    Quote Originally Posted by wintersnowman View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX4SYXlUifs
    She played this two days ago (at 78!). IMO, no one plays this better than her.
    Argerich is a unique phenomenon. I've loved her pairing of the Ravel G+ and Prokofiev #3 for decades!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wintersnowman View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX4SYXlUifs

    She played this two days ago (at 78!). IMO, no one plays this better than her.
    Thanks for posting that. Enjoyed it immensely.

    Argerich recordings have long been on my "must acquire" list, and I have acquired quite a few dozen, including the big box sets. A favorite pianist, indeed.

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    There are a few recordings of the Ravel concerto that seem exceptional to me and one of my favourite two is from Argerich.

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    She owns that concerto... it has always been a favorite. She also owns the Prokofiev No.3 and the Schumann one. Oh, also Chopin's and Beethoven's ones! Not to mention Rachmaninov's No.3 and Mozart's No.20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    She's brilliant, in this and countless other Concertos. But someone's always going to disagree with you......


    This is a desert island disc for me:

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    I just got this as part of the EMI Icon box for Michelangeli. Excited to spend time with both of those recordings.

    As for Argerich, I haven't heard her play this concerto, though I am a fan of her solo piano recordings for DG, I have the box set and love it all. But I want to get my hands on the box set with all the concertos she did conducted by Claudio Abbado. Including I believe a couple of Ravel G major (and at least one Prokofiev 3, also mentioned in this thread).

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    She does indeed play it exceptionally, but I would take Michelangeli and Zimerman, who produce soundscapes that are absolutely ravishing.
    Last edited by Allegro Con Brio; Feb-27-2020 at 18:03.

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    Argerich's first recording of the concerto - the one she did with Abbado - is a good one but as she matured she found a lot more to say about the piece. Michelangeli's is indeed a classic but the sound is far from perfect and, given that there are a good few viable alternatives, I rarely play it these days. I will say I have been disappointed by Zimerman in his recording (with Boulez) and also with Aimard's recording (also with Boulez). Aimard rarely disappoints me!

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    I don't know Argerich's recording of Ravel G major. I have a recording of it played by Gwedolyn Mok - not exactly a household name, but it's a fine performance, gentle, fiery and dancing as the music requires.

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