ENTERTAINMENT Marvelous Martha Piano legend Martha Argerich electrifies the Eternal City this month with a performance at Auditorium Parco della Musica. reports. Alexandra Bruzzese Ask any classical music aficionado to rank the greatest artists of the past 50 years and Martha Argerich will surely top the list. Critics feel similarly; has called her “one of the greatest pianists in the world;” and Argerich is ‘’dazzling” and “extraordinary in every respect” according to Conductor Gábor Takács- Nagy, meanwhile, once wrote in his programme notes that Argerich transforms into “both a tiger and a poet on stage.” talent for the piano. The move turned out to be the right one; Argerich’s European career flourished as a teenager, and at 24 she swept the International Chopin Piano Competition and debuted at Lincoln Center, all within the same year. Recordings of works by Chopin, Brahms, Ravel, Prokofiev, and Liszt followed, propelling Argerich onto the international stage. Throughout her career, she has struggled with the limelight and is notoriously wary of the press, occasionally cancelling performances last minute. Thus, every appearance is met by audiences with equal parts delight and relief. On 1 and 2 November, Argerich teams up with conductor Sir Antonio Pappano and the prestigious Orchestra di Santa Cecilia to perform Chopin’s at Auditorium Parco della Musica. Also on the bill are Weber’s and Schumann’s Tickets and details at santacecilia. it. The New York Times The Guardian. Argerich’s journey to fame began at just six years old, when her mother brought her to see a performance by pianist Claudio Arrau in her native Argentina. It was Arrau’s interpretation of Beethoven’s that first captivated her, and she began lessons shortly after. A mere two years later, the prodigy gave her debut concert, and in 1955 the family uprooted from Buenos Aires and moved to Austria to nurture Martha’s breathtaking Concerto for Piano, no. 4 Concerto for Piano, no.1 Euryanthe: Ouverture Symphony no. 2. 53 www. wheretraveler. com
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