Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 25

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Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 25
Martha Argerich (piano) / Orchestra Mozart, Claudio Abbado

[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 7 March 2014

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"This is a really fine performance [of K503], with impeccably judged tempos in all three movements, and great playing from the Orchestra Mozart...[in the D minor Concerto] Argerich's playing is full of both unforced poetry and eloquence, as well as commanding authority where needed." (BBC Music Five Stars)

The first new release for ten years from Martha Argerich and Claudio Abbado was their first ever album of concertos by Mozart, and the final recording made by Maestro Abbado. The legendary pianist and conductor added the sublime music of Mozart to their unrivalled, multi award-winning DG discography of concertos by Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Ravel, Prokofiev, Beethoven and Liszt.

Both concertos were recorded with Claudio Abbado's Orchestra Mozart, at concert performances at the 2013 Lucerne Festival that had critics searching for new superlatives

This release is Martha Argerich's first recording of solo concertos by Mozart on Deutsche Grammophone.

"the tidy sheen of the Orchestra Mozart's young professionals tells us plenty about his genius as an orchestral trainer. And his rapport with the mercurial Argerich...is audible in every bar...In the C major concerto, No 25, Argerich's light, playful attack is immediately apparent; so is the orchestra's suavity." The Times, 24th January 2014

"although not perfect is overwhelmingly beautiful. Argerich digs deeply into the keys, but never makes an ugly sound. Her subtle shaping with Abbado of the central movement in the D minor concerto is slow but serene, and the way she lifts the final simple phrases of the coda is heartbreaking." (The Observer)

"This is a really fine performance [of K503], with impeccably judged tempos in all three movements, and great playing from the Orchestra Mozart...[in the D minor Concerto] Argerich's playing is full of both unforced poetry and eloquence, as well as commanding authority where needed." (BBC Music Five Stars)

"Argerich has not always been prized as a Mozartian, but her years of chamber-music-making bring a special rapport in the dialogues with the wind soloists in the urbane C major (K503) and dramatic D minor (K466) concertos. Her Mozart is highly personal...but always worth hearing." (Sunday Times)

Tracks:

Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466