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Mozart: Piano Concertos nos 20 & 25 / Martha Argerich, piano; Abbado

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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The first new release for ten years from Martha Argerich and Claudio Abbado is their first ever album of concertos by Mozart.

The legendary pianist and conductor add 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.

The album contrasts two very different works. Written in D minor, the key of the Queen Of the Night and the opening of Mozart's Requiem, the darkly dramatic No.20, K.466 has a stormy, operatic temperament that looks forward eighteen months to the premiere of Don Giovanni.

With its majestic and radiant opening and a march famously reminiscent of the Marseillaise, No.25 in C major, K.503 is the culmination of the twelve transcendent concertos Mozart wrote in Vienna between 1784 and 1786.

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

The Times, 24th January 2014
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 Observer, 7th February 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.

Sunday Times, 16th March 2014
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.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2014
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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lucerne Festival, KKL Luzern (03/2013).



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Running Time: 30 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Running Time: 30 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785
  • Studio/Live: Live