Martha Argerich's concerts are always planned, but they are never guaranteed.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Argerich and Pires in Warsaw

Pires and Argerich performing Mozart in Warsaw
On 31 August, at the Grand Theater of the National Opera House in Warsaw, Argerich gave her first-ever public performance on a fortepiano, playing the second and third movements of the Beethoven concerto No. 2, with Frans Brüggens' Orchestra of the 18th Century.

The announcement of her appearance - which seems to have been quite a spontaneous decision - was met with great enthusiasm, and she shared the stage with Maria João Pires, who played the first movement of the Beethoven concerto. And as an encore, the two dames performed Mozart's sonata for 4 hands in D major, KV 381.



Argerich and Pires in Warsaw, 31 August 2010
Photos © Marek Dusza, Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina

On a Warsaw/Chopin-competition-related note, check out the following article, entitled "Argerich Intimately", with a single, but interesting photo of Argerich.


  1. My two favourite and most beloved pianists ever playing together: screamingly exciting!

  2. Paul,
    A beautiful job on this! And on the whole page! Thanks for all the work and the beauty of it.

    - Andrys

  3. Incredible to see them playing together... Hope to see them in Argentina, now that Marìa lives in Brazil. Would love to hear a recording of that concert...

  4. Wow my two favourite female pianists playing together - wonderful :-)