Concert

Martha Argerich plays Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3

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The first-ever webcast of this archival film footage of Martha Argerich's Prokofiev performance in 1977!

"It's probably the most popular of the post-Romantic piano concertos, and for very good reason: it is very fast, very Russian, and extremely difficult. But the pianist who will perform it for us tonight obviously doesn not know the meaning of that last adjective."

This is how André Previn introduced Martha Argerich's performance of the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3 on the evening of May 3, 1977. The British music director of the London Symphony also added: "she is one of the world's truly great virtuosos."

Just watching this exceptional archival footage of the Argentinian pianist performing this incredibly complex work and moving almost too quickly for the camera proves it:  Martha Argerich is a piano legend for the ages.

Concert recorded May 3, 1977. Source: André Previn's Music Night, produced by Herbert Chappell. BBC archives, 1977.

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Venue: Fairfield Hall (Croydon, London, Great Britain)
Production date: 2011
Recording date: 03/05/1977
Duration: 28 min
Production: © Idéale audience - BBC
Resolution: SD