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Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 & Piano Concerto No. 1 / Argerich, Ozawa, Mito Chamber Orchestra

Release Date: 02/23/2018 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 002796802  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Martha Argerich
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mito Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Grammy-winning icons Martha Argerich and Seiji Ozawa record an album for the first time together. Their Decca album features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and Piano Concerto No. 1, performed with the Mito Chamber Orchestra.



Seiji Ozawa is 82 and Martha Argerich is 76, yet they go at Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto like a pair of teenagers. All of Argerich’s playful, exploratory tics are there, and Ozawa’s (judging from the booklet picture) tiny hand-picked Mito Chamber Orchestra are with her all the way. Argerich remains indefatigable and, on this evidence, Ozawa may be entering a glorious Indian summer of creativity.

– Gramophone

Much of the success of
Read more these performances resides in the fact that they were taped live in January and May 2017. Both artists seem to respond well to the atmosphere and electricity of the live event. The performances are very fresh and evolve spontaneously. Added to that, the engineers have worked wonders with the sound, which is well-balanced, airy and detailed. In the concerto, the piano sits perfectly in the overall sound picture. I hope this will be the start of further collaborations - perhaps Argerich may work her way through the five piano concertos, each paired with one of the composer's symphonies. I’m certainly keeping my fingers crossed.

– MusicWeb International (Stephen Greenbank) Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mito Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mito Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 

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