Martha Argerich plays Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Classic Archive

Martha Argerich’s recordings, dated 1977, and previously unreleased, are now available!

For the 70th anniversary of Martha Argerich, the series “Classic archive” rediscovers some BBC unreleased recordings of the Argentinian pianist’s performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Charles Groves in 1977 at the Guild Hall, in Preston.

Find out the artist’s war horse, the interpretation she made of the First piano concerto by Tchaikovsky. This was a very demanding piano score for Martha Argerich, who, nevertheless, masterfully performed it, with those unequal skills and that firm touch which gave her the reputation of “Argentinian lion”.

At the time of the recording Martha Argerich is 35. A genius of the piano, by that time, she had already an international reputation, notably thank to the prestigious Chopin competition she won in 1965 in Warsaw. She was praised for her virtuosity and her original way to interpret the art of the piano, as well as for her self-direction, not to say her rebellion. The cherished offspring of the critics and the public, in 1977 she had already abandoned the musical scene twice. Fortunately, this period of silence ended after three years, in 1976.

Concert recorded on the 6 of February, 1997. Source: Lively Arts, produced by Ron Isted. BBC archives, 1977.

Martha Argerich piano
Sir Charles Groves conductor
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Playlist : Great interpreters of the 20th century
Musical period : Romantic music
Music genre : Orchestral music

Duration : 34 min
Location : Guild Hall (Preston, Great Britain)
Production date : 2011
Production : © Idéale audience – BBC