There are two recommendable recordings of this work that include Martha Argerich. The first is a mid price EMI disc 557 308 2, recorded live in 1994, where Argerich is accompanied by Alexandre Rabinovitch. The couplings are other works by Schumann, including the Piano Quintet. The second has Argerich accompanied by Gabriela Montero on a 3 disc budget price set from EMI 5 18333 2, recorded live in 2007, and includes chamber, piano duet and 2 piano works by Bartók, Beethoven, Dohnányi, Glinka, Messiaen and Ravel. Both recordings are very satisfactory and audience noise is minimal.
Schumann / DEbussy
Recordings of this work are not numerous, but there is a very satisfactory 2 disc super-budget set on Apex 2564 69209-8 performed by Jean-François Heisser and Georges Pludermacher. The first disc has transcriptions of Debussy works for piano duet, and the second has transcriptions by Debussy for piano duet or 2 pianos.
A very fine recording has recently appeared on the Nimbus label NI 5866 (full price), coupled with piano duet versions of Debussy’ La Mer and Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole. The recording quality is excellent and the performances by Fiona and John York (York 2) are very good indeed. There is a good budget alternative on Naxos 8.553386, where the painists are Benjamin Frith and Peter Hill, and the couplings are Stravinsky’s Concerto for 2 Pianos and Sonata for 2 Pianos.