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Today we’re listening to Martha Argerich, an Argentine classical pianist from Buenos Aires. Born in 1941, Argerich quickly exhibited precocity and began piano lessons at age 3.1 In 1965 she won the international Chopin Piano Competition, bringing her international renown. Now, at age 81, she is on a European tour. We’re playing three records from across her career. Chopin: 26 Preludes, from 1987, is one of many of her Chopin records, but the technical range demanded by the preludes makes it a great introduction to her virtuosity. Argerich Plays Tchaikovsky, which just came out on May 20, features an arrangement of “The Nutcracker Suite” for four-handed piano and includes a handful of accompanists. The Complete Sony Recordings from 1975 collects her performances of Beethoven, Debussy, Schumann, and more.
Have a really good Thursday.