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Sergei Prokofiev | Piano Concerto No.3 in C major, Op.26; III. Allegro ma non troppo (1921)

Martha Argerich, piano

Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI
Tugan Sokhiev, cond.

Wishing a belated happy birthday to the incomparable Martha Argerich, who turned seventy-three yesterday–and is still every bit as beautiful and ferocious as when she debuted!

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The city Martha was born in: Buenos Aires, is the capital and largest city of America’s southest country (Argentina). Buenos Aires is known for its European-style architecture and rich cultural life. It is one of the cities with the highest concentration of theaters in the world.

Among this wide concentration of theaters we can find the Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre), which is Buenos Aires’ and Argentina’s main opera house. It is ranked the third best opera house in the world by National Geographic, and is acoustically considered to be amongst the five best concert venues in the world.

It has been visited by the world’s top musicians ever since it’s opening in 1908 with Guisseppe Verdi’s Aïda.

It has, of course, also been one of Martha’s main stages, she has been going back to play there a lot in the last few years accompanied by her friend Daniel Barenboim (also a pianist from Buenos Aires) and it could be considered the place that made her become who she is now, as at age 12 it was the first big concert hall she played in. After this legendary concert was that in 1954, Argentina’s current president Juan Domingo Perón, asked to meet the talented girl to propose her to fund her to go study anywhere she wanted. She chose Vienna, to study with the very famous Friedrich Gulda, who would become her most important teacher.