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Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 20 / Argerich, Abbado

Mozart / Argerich / Abbado / Orchestra Mozart
Release Date: 03/11/2014 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002002402    Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Martha Argerich
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



"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." - Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer [2/8/14]


"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." - Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer [2/8/14] Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
2. Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Outstanding Recording April 15, 2014 By Marcia Taple (Mendota Heights, MN) See All My Reviews "Martha Argerich's recording of both Mozart Piano Concerti are very articulate and done to perfection." Report Abuse
 I do not like April 4, 2014 By Peter T. (Bethesda, MD) See All My Reviews "The piano is brought to much forward and at times the orchestra simply disappears. MA's well known extreme clarity of execution sounds as a sewing machine. Among others there is a false poetry in the middle of the third movement of #25 etc. etc. Nos 20 and 25 are not piano quarters in a rococo style. I bought this CD for sheer curiosity ; it is worse than I expected." Report Abuse
 Intimate Mozart March 23, 2014 By V. Guernon (South Kingstown, RI) See All My Reviews "Let me begin by saying that I am a big fan of Martha Argerich, but have always been less enthusiastic about the conducting of Claudio Abbado, especially in Mozart. Although he always had a great understanding of a music's structure, his execution could often seem homogenized almost to the point of sterility. In other words, his conducting style often lacked the slight eccentricities that give music life and character. This is definitely not the case in these recordings. For one thing, the music sounds like Mozart. The scale is right and the winds are perfectly balanced against the strings. The Martha Argerich on display here is not the Martha Argerich of the prodigious technique, but the Martha Argerich who is the excellent chamber music player. The scale on both these concertos is intimate, with exquisite interplay between the soloist and the winds, especially in the slow movements. These recordings gave me a great deal of pleasure. In my opinion, Claudio Abbado will not be missed so much for what he has done, but for what he was still able to accomplish. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
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