Unbelievable: Martha Argerich, aged 11, plays Schumann concerto

Unbelievable: Martha Argerich, aged 11, plays Schumann concerto


norman lebrecht

October 13, 2019

A newly discovered radio tape from Argentina.

Be amazed.



  • cym says:

    Listening to Martha or Yuja, I am starting to believe in aliens and UFO’s !

  • Musician says:

    Beautiful, incredible. Thank you for sharing.

  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    Another amazing thing is that her taste in music have not changed in all those years. It reminds me of Pavarotti who started perhaps with Rodolfo & more or less finished with Rodolfo.

  • Valerie O'Brien says:

    This attempt to play this Piano Concerto may seem admirable, but I noticed right away her technique at that age was unpolished,
    lacking delacy, rushed and not much thought behind each phrase, in other words — immature as one would expect , and mundane.

  • Stephanie Marshall says:

    What I know about 11 year olds does not bear any resemblance to the wonder of this performance. Amazed is not strong enough a word.

  • Gordon Davies says:

    Where did it all go wrong…

  • Amos says:

    Clearly technic and musicality well beyond her age. One of the only similar examples from the 20th century are the accounts of a concert in which the 10 or 11-year-old George Szell performed as pianist, conductor, and composer with the Berlin Philharmonic and Maazel with the Pittsburgh SO as conductor and soloist.

  • Robert says:

    And how about this, aged 7. https://youtu.be/6Lhj98O1kss

  • Harry de Kok says:

    Amazing then already.

  • Jack Blair. says:

    Yes! Home to Europe. It is simply and stupidly our loss. But he most assuredly does not need the hand-wringing that has become such a brand new financial scam in the US. Hard to believe that so many American opera companies can be so embarrassingly naive.

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  • Alan says:

    Incredibly talented for such a young pianist to take on this piece.

  • Joel Stein says:

    I have this recording on a 2005 CD (IRCO 285)together with Beethoven PC 1 recorded in 1949. It’s far from newly discovered.

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  • Midge says:

    Great find! It should be noted, though, that the correct term for a “radio tape” is an air check.

  • Kevin Lenaghan says:

    As a classical pianist and father of a 1-year old and a 3-year old, I listen to lots of children’s performances on YouTube and such. The musicality here is really unique and extraordinary. And she is already showing indications of “flexible” rhythm/rushing towards the finish line, which is one of the things that makes her performances so exciting to me.