Macron wants to hear Martha Argerich

Macron wants to hear Martha Argerich


norman lebrecht

August 01, 2017

The Austrian media are wildly excited to hear that the French president is coming to the Salzburg Festival.

As a knowledgeable pianist, he has asked to attend a two-piano recital by Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim on August 23.

Works by Mozart and Debussy.


  • Ed says:

    Mozart, Debussy, Shostakovich this week in Buenos Aires.

  • Derek says:

    Not surprising! I think it is safe to say that most of us would like to hear Martha Argerich.

    • Alexander says:


    • Stephen Cera says:

      Hearing and seeing the piano duo of Argerich and Barenboim is an extraordinary experience. I attended their recital at Berlin’s Philharmonie on April 15, 2017. Whether in Mozart’s glorious and under-appreciated Sonata in F, K. 497, for piano four hands, or a staggering account of Liszt’s own arrangement for two pianos of his “Réminiscences de Don Juan” — their musicianship and prowess were quite phenomenal. One of the many encores, an arrangement of Debussy’s “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune”, whetted the appetite for their forthcoming recital at the Berlin Festtage next spring.

      The joint powers of communication emanating from these artists created an atmosphere in the Philharmonie that could be described as “a communal love affair”.
      The new French President shows exemplary taste in piano recitals…

  • Olassus says:

    There is also Aida with Vittoria Yeo the night before.

  • V. Lind says:

    Hope Martha will actually be there.

  • V. Carlton Spencer II says:

    Nice that Mr. Macron wants to hear Martha Argerich’s recital in Salzburg. Not wanting to be outdone, Donald Trump and his inner circle want to attend as well, as Trump is a big, really big, fan of Martha Argerich, particularly her early recordings that he remembers listening to as a young man while working on big real estate deals. Ivanka and Jared Kushner are trying their best to be there as well, both being big, really big, fans of the Salzburg Festival and particularly past year’s complete Bruckner cycles. These people have culture, refinement and dignity, something sadly lacking among the Democrats.

    • Steve P says:

      This is fine trolling. Bravo!

    • Grazzidad says:

      “Martha is tremendous, just a tremendous pianist. The best. And she used to be a Babe. Still is.”

      All kidding aside, I wonder if, back in the day, he’s have distinguished between South Americans (e.g., Argentinians) and the people he is so eager to remove from our society (Central Americans). Probably not.