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Martha Argerich and Ricardo Chailly
By Michael Moriarty
It is well beyond an artist’s ownership of this music.
Her performance surpasses all others I’ve ever heard. All others, meaning those of any other composer!
Why? “Volcanic” falls short of what it is.
What is it? Who or what is she? A goddess!
A Goddess from some other distant region of the Universe has arrived to tell us what Sergei Rachmaninoff symbolizes!!
Liberty on a level you cannot find anywhere else!!!!
Not these days, at any rate.
Her re-entrance in the second movement! Mr. Chailly knew what was coming and has given her such a perfectly sane and peaceful introduction that when she explodes?!
You realize that she is not merely human.
She and Sergei Rachmaninof are here to teach us a lesson.
Be something beyond what you think you are!
Then?! At the close of this movement?!
She lifts us from her own genius and Rachmaninoff’s sacredly brooding melancholy, up, up, up and up!
Then, suspended as we are, she leads us into a recapitulation of the love song.
God help us!!
As is said: “TO DIE FOR!”
Right into the final movement.
And, from 38 minutes on?!
As Mr. Ben Garrison says in the comments, “Martha knows the meaning of life because she plays it here!”
How many on Earth could possibly share such an almost terrifying love of life, the kind I experience during this performance?!
And that includes an artist I came to know fairly well: William Shakespeare.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@MGMoriarty