Martha Argerich's concerts are always planned, but they are never guaranteed.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Up close and personal

Poster for the concert outside the Konzerhaus
When news first broke of Martha Argerich’s possible performance of Chopin’s first piano concerto in Vienna a few months ago, there was a good deal of discussion among fans as to whether she would really go ahead with it or if she would bail and/or change to another concerto that she regularly plays. The reason for this was that she had not played the Chopin concerto since 2000, as well as the fact that virtually all concerts with Argerich are just planned, but rarely guaranteed (although it has to be said that she cancels far less concerts than before). The good news is that she did play the work in Vienna last Sunday, on 16 May.