Martha Argerich CollectionWhen Martha Argerich played to eminent pianists visiting her native Buenos Aires, including Arrau, Giesking, Rubinstein, Backhaus and Gulda, all of them hailed her as a prodigy. She was four years old, when she made her debut in 1945. She began her association with Deutsche Grammophon in 1967.
The Martha Argerich Collection comprises 22 CDs divided into 4 sets and represents the bulk of the recordings of this phenomenal artist's association with the Yellow Label. All but her most recent releases are included and where she has recorded repertoire twice, only one of the recordings has been chosen.
In 1955, at the age of 14, Argerich went to Europe, where she studied under Gulda, Madame Lipatti, Nikita Magaloff and Stefan Askenase. After winning both the Bolzano (Busoni) and Geneva competitions in 1957, she embarked upon a highly successful worldwide concert career. After three years she broke it off, having become dissatisfied with her playing, but in 1965 she won the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw and began again.
Although she is also deeply involved in chamber music, performing with Rostropovich, Maisky and Kremer, Martha Argerich is generally regarded as the outstanding female virtuoso pianist of our time and has collaborated with such conductors as Abbado, Bernstein, Chailly, Dutoit, Kondrashin and Sinopoli.