Martha Argerich’s Israeli lineup

Martha Argerich’s Israeli lineup


norman lebrecht

September 16, 2018

She has announced a chamber concert with members of the Philharmonic in Tel Aviv next month.
Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, op. 49
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, op. 44

Martha Argerich, pianist
David Radzynski, Concertmaster
Dumitru Pochitari, violinist
Miriam Hartman, violist
Linor Katz, cellist
Yevgeny Yehudin, clarinetist


Boycott? What boycott?


  • V.Lind says:


  • Lev Deych says:

    Salut to Martha

  • Alistair Hinton says:

    I hope very much that she will have recovered fully from her recent accident.

    • Petros Linardos says:

      How do you know she really had an accident? We only heard of a rumor, at least in this space. Rumors are not famous for being accurate.

    • Isabelle says:

      She has recovered and really had an accident…I played Liszt concerto with her last sunday!

      • buxtehude says:

        Maybe bathrooms should be added to the verboten list for pianists, along with baseball, cycling etc. Look what happened to John Glenn, hero of heroes.

        • Robert Groen says:

          He played the piano too?1

          • buxtehude says:

            Whether or not he played I don’t know. In 1964 Glenn suffered a serious fall in a bathroom; the resulting concussion sidelined him for up to a year and forced withdrawal from his first senate campaign. I was suggesting that if even a hero astronaut wasn’t safe from life-threatening injuries there (and serious inner ear damage) pianists should take note.

            That’s all.

            Just trying to be helpful here. Don’t anyone to get hurt…

  • Eyal Braun says:

    The chamber music concert is (of course) in addition to six performances of Schumann piano concerto with the IPO and Mehta in Tel-Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem

    • Alistair Hinton says:

      I don’t understan why she keeps repeating the Schumann, Ravel G major and Prokofiev 3rd concertos! She’s been doing this for years now!

      • Eyal Braun says:

        Well- at least she hasn’t yet performed it in Israel.
        last September she played here in the Jerusalem Chamber Festival, the first time she played in Israel for almost 20 years
        Glad to see her coming back.

      • Petros Linardos says:

        This is mostly true.
        A little more than a decade ago, I reluctantly headed to Tanglewood to hear her play, well, Prokofiev’s Third concerto. I was rolling my eyes about her concerto choice. But when she started playing, I stopped rolling my eyes.

        • Robert Groen says:

          For those of you who are getting bored with Argerich’s Prokofiev 3, Ravel G major and Schumann, may I recommend her recordings of Tchaikowsky 1 and Rachmaninov 3. Volcanic!

          • Alistair Hinton says:

            Indeed they are! – although she had Rachmaninoff 3 in her repertoire for quite a short time and a good many years ago. I just wish that, in her live performances, she’d widen her repertoire!

          • buxtehude says:

            I wish she’d play Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes & Fugues for Piano, all in a single performance.

            Also I wish she’s play all six of the English Suites, and of the Partitas, not just #2 of whichever one it was; and I wish she’d do both books of the WTC; and the five Martinu concerti; Gershwin’s Concerto in F; and…

          • Robert Groen says:

            Buxtehude, I really think you should approach Marta Argerich personally with your -how shall I put it- eclectic wish list! Let’s see: Bach’s 48, followed by Shostakovich’s 48, both in a single performance. Also Bach’s English Suites (not the French),and the Partitas (if she’s in a good mood she might throw in the Toccatas as well). Then, after the interval, Martinu (5x) and Gershwin. Fancy an encore or two? Alkan? Liszt? What are you trying to do to the poor woman? Obviously you love her, so that’s OK.
            Dream on, Dietrich!

          • buxtehude says:

            @Robt G — I didn’t say ALL of this in one perf, or did I?

            If I did I meant the Shosta Op 87. It’s a killer, @over 2 1/2 hours but that’s the way it’s done, as opposed to a pair here and there as encores &c.

            Her interpretation of this would be of sensational interest, for me anyway. But a huge commitment, I admit. Maybe a little less travel…

      • Ed says:

        I am still waiting for Beethoven opp. 58 & 73; Brahms 15 & 83, Saint-Sa√ęns 22 & 44, Franck Piano Quintet.

    • Robert Groen says:

      Poor Mehta! He’s just recovering from doing the Schumann with Khatia Buniatishvili!

      • Furzw√§ngler says:

        After Buniatishvili’s rendition of the Grieg piano concerto at the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), on 13th August, Paavo J√§rvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra appear to have gone into deep cover.

        (Seriously though, hopefully they are all back in Tallinn and doing well. Very good orchestra and a superb conductor).

  • Graf von Kaldenstein says:

    Does she, and has she done anything for the Palestinian community in the region? Or for black Jews in Israel, whom Israel injected with contraceptive medication without their consent? Does she remember these?

    • Florestan says:

      Her friend Barenboim has done a great deal for the Palestinian cause, and she is an honorary member of the West East divan. In reference to other issues, she has supported Syrian refugees. Also, one can remember one horrendous injustice without, in that moment, considering others – and indeed, the treatment of Palestinians and Black Israelis has been a great injustice.

  • Mark says:

    Long live Queen Martha !

  • Sue says:

    Mazel tov.

  • Jonathan Dunsby says:

    Like Richter, she has never performed Beethoven concertos 4 and 5.

    Apparently she once played Liszt concerto 2 (with Barenboim) but never again.