Blanc et noir: pianistic contrasts from Kovacevich and Argerich at Wigmore Hall

Debussy, Rachmaninov & Schubert: Argerich, Kovacevich ****

Martha Argerich and Stephen Kovacevich © Simon Jay Price

Martha Argerich and Stephen Kovacevich
© Simon Jay Price

Wigmore Hall, 2nd November 2015

In the pantheon of piano gods of my youth, Stephen Kovacevich and Martha Argerich take their place alongside the likes of Daniel Barenboim, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Radu Lupu. A packed audience congregated in Wigmore Hall’s temple to pay homage at a very special concert in which Argerich joined Kovacevich to mark his 75th birthday. Our gods can be fierce and fearless. They can also be flawed. The challenging programme – the final works of Debussy, Rachmaninov and Schubert – certainly wasn’t flawless in execution, yet the imperfections somehow made them more real, more human. The results were both exhilarating and moving.

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