MFARTHA ARGERICH
THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS
DGG 00289 479 4647 (48 disks Limited Editiuon)
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What a remarkable bargain issue this is! It contains the renowned pianist's complete recordings made from 1960-2014 originally issued on DGG and Philips. The compact box houses 44 CDs each in its own jacket with photos of covers of original CD issues. No effort has been made to provide maximum playing time; each disk contains what was on the original release. The set includes concertos by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Ravel, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Haydn, Shostakaovich, Mozart and Poulenc. Argerich's famous Chopin recordings are there as are her collaborations with many other artists including Gidor Kremer,Mstislav Rostropovich, Mikhail Pletnev, Nelson Freire,and Mischa Maisky., A number of disks are devoted to the Lugano Concerts. A 1540-page booklet6 accompanies the set giving complete recording information with a number of articles about the artist along with a series of original artworks of Argerich. This is first-class in every way, a great, and inexpensive method of adding these major recordings to your library should you have missed them first time around. Don't miss it

R.E.B. ()(October 2015)