A friend of mine from Minneapolis was at that concert and this is his report as posted on the Argerich DB:
Originally posted by Palindrome:
She did a bang-up job (that's praise, folks) here in Chicago this evening...
I arrived, cautiously optimistic, at the Harris Theater tonight, about
half an hour before the concert was to begin. The tuner was working
feverishly up until the last minute to make sure the piano was
perfect. My seat was in the first balcony, third row, with the piano
keyboard in my direct line of sight--no need to crane my neck.
The theater itself was a slightly ugly space--"atrocious" is what the
man sitting next to me called it-- but it was quite obviously designed
for its acoustics. I've never had such a good aural experience in a
The presence of the piano on stage indicated that my seven years of
hoping she'd show up to any of the concerts I bought tickets to would
finally bear fruit.
And she was amazing.
She was greeted with a roaring ovation upon entering the stage. Half
the audience lost control and applauded after the first movement, and
she turned and nodded politely. During the quiet moments in the
concerto, I heard nary a cough. In fact, I don't think anyone seated
near me was even breathing.
I can't say much about the performance itself that hasn't already been
said in reviews of the other performances on this tour. But as far as
my first real-life Argerich experience, I was impressed with how
effortless her technique is in repertoire of such vile difficulty. I
have seen her in videos in this concerto from several points along her
career, but to witness it in person-- it's almost a letdown. Surely
it should look more difficult than this!
Encores were Scarlatti and that Chopin f-minor mazurka, as in the
other stops on the tour.
Those of you in Europe who can see her frequently are truly fortunate.
I am free to die now.