"It is probably the most popular of the Post-Romantic piano concertos. And this for very good reasons: it is very dynamic, it is very Russian, and it is terribly difficult. Obviously, the word difficult has never been explained to the soloist playing tonight."
This is how André Previn, one of the world's dearest conductors, introduces Martha Argerich's performance of the Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto, on May 3, 1977. And the British music director of the London Symphony also adds: "she is one of the world's truly great virtuosos."
This is what she is. Watch this exceptional and exclusive archive material of the Argentine pianist, giving a rendition of this extraordinary difficult work, and playing almost too fast to be caught on film: it is clear that Martha Argerich has always been an artist of legend.
Concert recorded on the 3rd of May, 1977. Source: André Previn's Music night, produced by Herbert Chappell. BBC archives, 1977.
Martha Argerich as seen by her daughter Stéphanie