Which pianists in her life impressed Martha Argerich

Which pianists in her life impressed Martha Argerich

Daily Comfort Zone

norman lebrecht

August 07, 2023

She makes some startling confessions and exclusions in this intimate, subtitled conversation with her late Brazilian friend Nelson Freire:


  • Morgan says:

    This is utterly charming. Merci.

  • Julian Woods says:

    Nelson Freire was a wonderful pianist I was fortunate to hear him in London perform the Chopin 4th Ballade, that performance although 15 years ago stayed with me, I haven’t heard it played better.

  • Y2K says:

    I was lucky enough to see both of them play at Carnegie Hall (2000?) when Martha Argerich returned to the stage after a long absence. He was incredible. Those Argerich concerts were unforgettable.

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  • Roger says:

    She’s one of the greatest pianists of the past 60 years! However, there many others who can hold the title, including her friend Daniel Barenboim. Technically, Yuja Wang is all alone.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    What a rousing piece they’re playing together. Now that’s real chops, right there!! Whoever said Rach was old-fashioned!!!?

  • NYCgirl says:

    So lovely and such a sweet glimpse into their long friendship which she must miss very much.

  • Iphigenia in Aulide says:

    What a treat!!! Thank you.

  • Dr Marc Heeg says:

    Very very beautiful and touching! Brought me to tears. Such close spirits! How she must suffer inside missing him this long a time. The intimacy was almost a bit too embarrassing to watch. Thank you for sharing it however (and I rather mean these words through the aethers to Martha!).

  • Simon Scott says:

    Nelson Freire died of money hungry doctors. He should never have had that operation.

  • Piano Lover says:

    LOng ago in a book called “CONVERSATIONS” I read that she worshipped RICHTER…already forgotten???