Historic, yet sad.
What a sad release this is after the recent passing of Claudio Abbado. Yet, we need to focus on the positive:
This recording presents us with two perfect performances of these two Mozart concertos. Ms. Argerich is an amazing pianist, still full of surprises; and Claudio Abbado was an amazing conductor.
Martha Argerich is an extraordinary pianist to this day; She is a “fast” pianist, who yet retains great clarity, and her notes never sound muffled – in short, technically, she’s a wizard.
And here she is, in a new recording, made in 2013 and released this spring, of two of Mozart’s most compelling and attractive piano concertos.
Mozart’s K. 503 (Piano Concerto no. 25) is sunny, bright and attractive. The music it provides is so effortlessly presented to the listener that it’s possible not to notice how rich it is. It’s simply gorgeous.
The second concerto, No. 20, K. 466, is certainly darker. The orchestra’s parts are stormier and more complicated emotionally. As such, two amazing musicians, and two of the greatest concertos are reunited for a final time.
The six tracks on this CD are:
Here is the album sampler (audio) of Martha Argerich and Claudio Abbado in Mozart’s two great Piano Concertos:
And here – for comparison — is Mozart’s concerto #20, recorded by Ms. Argerich back in 1998:
Tags: Claudio Abbado, Martha Argerich, Mozart, Concerto #20, Piano Concerto #25