In celebration of Martha Argerich's 70th birthday, EMI and Universal Music are planning a few new releases later in May.
From EMI Classics there will be a 3-box collection entitled 'Martha Argerich Edition', comprising of all her recordings for EMI (without the Lugano recordings) in solo and piano duo works, concertos and chamber music, as well as a 3-CD compilation called 'The Sound of Martha Argerich'.
Universal Music will release three sets, one of which will be the last installment of the current Argerich Collection. All her recordings for (the label formerly known as) Philips will be in the fourth box set, including the legendary Rachmaninov 3 with Chailly, recordings with her duo partners Stephen Kovacevich and Nelson Freire, and the wonderful Schubert Arpeggione Sonata with Mischa Maisky.
And talking of Mischa Maisky, the cellist dedicates his latest CD to Martha in a 2-CD release entitled 'My Dearest Martha', with selections from their recordings of works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Schumann.
The last release from Universal will be a DG compilation called 'The Art of Martha Argerich', a 3-CD set with highlights from her recordings for the Yellow Label. This set is richly illustrated with rare photographs, some of which have not been seen previously. Here's a sneak peek from the booklet.