The Ruggiero Ricci/Martha Argerich 1961 Leningrad Recitals

by | Apr 7, 2018 | Streams and Podcasts

The Ruggiero Ricci/Martha Argerich Leningrad Recitals from April 21-22, 1961

This week, The Music Treasury features historic recordings of two exceptional musicians of the last century—Ruggiero Ricci and Martha Argerich.

Ruggiero Ricci (1918-2012), the San Francisco-born violin prodigy, retained his prowess almost to the day he died. Like Menuhin, Ricci was a pupil of Louis Persinger, and then went on to study with Georg Kulenkampff. Paul Stassevitch, and Michel Piasto.  He became known as a Paganini specialist, but his repertory embraced music of every style, including his championship of the Concerto of Alberto Ginastera.  His intonation could be razor sharp, and his poetic expressiveness raised the level of the virtuoso pieces he championed to an exalted height.

Martha Argerich, Argentinian virtuoso, remains in the spotlight she created at the age of nineteen. At age 24 she won the International Chopin Piano Competition, likely the result of her studies first with Friedrich Gulda, and then with Nikita Magaloff and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.  Besides enjoying a distinguished solo career, she has assumed directorship of numerous chamber music festivals, which invite both veteran and young musicians to perform a diverse range of repertory.

Dr Gary Lemco hosts The Music Treasury, which can be heard from its host radio station KZSU at Stanford University, or from the streaming simulcast on, 8 April 2018 from 19:00 to 21:00 PDT.

The show will feature works by Beethoven, Bach, Prokofiev, Tartini, Bartok, concluding with Cesar Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major.

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