Martha Argerich, aged 8, plays Beethoven concerto

Must be heard.

Max Lima has uploaded a radio broadcast recording of Marthita playing Beethoven’s first piano concerto at the age of 8.

The sound is pretty awaful but check in at 2.45 for the soloist’s first entry and you’ll be amazed at her precocity.

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  • Children at such an age should not be made to play Beethoven ( why him ? ) concertos.
    If one wants to hear this music right one should listen and learn from Sir Andreas Schiff, by far the greatest pianist of our times.

    • You’re welcome to your opinion regarding who is the greatest pianist of our times, but my best guess is that if a poll was taken of informed listeners to indicate who they believe is the greatest living pianist of our times, I’m reasonably confident Andras Schiff would not make it into the top 5.

      • For the record, my choices for the five greatest living pianists are:

        1) Martha Argerich

        And then after her in no particular order: Evgeny Kissin, Krystian Zimerman, Marc-Andre Hamelin, and Murray Perahia.

    • I don’t agree, although I would say the basic identity is already there; and I wouldn’t call it sad, necessarily. If she already has an identity, is she supposed to start sounding like someone else at some point? One could just as easily praise her for her consistency over the years.

      I find young players often have to go through a transition from “this is the sound a piano [or whatever instrument] makes when someone plays it” to “this is the sound a piano makes when I play it.” Call it developing your own voice, or whatever you like. She sounds like she’s already made that transition.

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