Prokofiev/Ravel: Piano Concerto No. 3; Piano Concerto in G; Gaspard de la nuit

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COMPOSERS: Prokofiev/Ravel
LABELS: DG Originals
WORKS: Piano Concerto No. 3; Piano Concerto in G; Gaspard de la nuit
PERFORMER: Martha Argerich (piano), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Claudio Abbado
CATALOGUE NO: 447 438-2 ADD (1967/75)
Absolutely stunning. These legendary, award-winning Berlin performances, full of Latin fire and sensuality, capture Argerich at her most charismatically brilliant. Grippingly partnered by Abbado (in what was his DG debut), here is concerto playing of miraculous lyricism and whiplashing rhythmic panache, with a rapport between soloist and conductor that’s consistently high-tensioned. The diamond-edged glitter and voluptuous sonorities of Gaspard (recorded later) show an equally fantastic imagination at work. Demonstration transfer. Ates Orga

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