Thursday, December 30, 2010

Argerich - Rach 3

I just a found a webbed video of Argerich performing the Rach 3 with Chailly -- I assume the famous one of which we have the recording.

Chailly can barely keep up. At times, one is proud just to be a member of the human race.

The video's in five parts.


rob said...

Hey Scott, this is rob, veteran from the David Hart _First Things_ comment box. I've wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog -- which is, very much.
Re Martha Argerich and her reputation for speed. Long ago, I saw her begin the R. Schumann op.12 in slow motion. Not just slow; maybe three times slower than I've ever heard or than anyone else would ever dare. Imagine its already transparent texture, never more than two pitches struck together at once, so slow. Everyone was transfixed. That was about thirty-five years ago, but I still remember the little half-step dissonance, the one that meets the first climax, ring over the audience, never resolved, still.
Anyway, I look forward to your posts -- best to you in the new year.

Scott said...

I miss that thread--I think I spent an entire month checking that twice a day.

Thank you for the comment. I find it hard to imagine anyone could enjoy my blog and its random mix of music, linguistics, and off color jokes, but I'm glad someone does.

If you listen to recordings of Argerich doing the Op.12, it's hard to believe it's the same person after her Russian concertos. Precise, intimate, always confident, and knowing precisely what she wants to say, as it were.

Best in the new year to you, as well.