Deutsche Grammophon Releases Live Recording Of Two Mozart Piano Concertos
FEATURING LONG-TIME COLLABORATORS CLAUDIO ABBADO AND
“Once again her [Martha Argerich] microscopic alterations of touch make even the most mundane run of semiquavers dance and sing.” – Gramophone Editor’s Choice
“This album is inspirational for more than just the superb quality of the music-making. It’s a testament to the friendship between two great artists, which endured for more than half a century.”
– The Daily Mail (London)
“Together they give exhilarating, productive and sophisticated accounts of two of Mozart’s greatest piano concertos.”
Featuring the beloved musical partnership of pianist Martha Argerich and the legendary late conductor, Claudio Abbado, Deutsche Grammophone releases two of Mozart’s most spectacular piano concertos, No. 25 and No. 20, available today. Ten years since their last recording together, Argerich and Abbado recorded this newly released album live at the 2013 Lucerne Festival.
Mozart enjoyed experimenting with the piano concerto and during 1784 and 1786, the twelve he composed broke new musical ground. The Concertos in C major, K 503 (No. 25), and D minor, K 466 (No. 20), represent two contrasting milestones of this creative phase. Never released for publication, Mozart preferred to keep these concertos for a small circle of “music-lovers and connoisseurs” as shared in one of his letters.
When Abbado and Argerich performed these concertos at the Lucerne Festival, they made no attempt to lump the two together, allowing them instead to stand side by side. These two artists’ interpretation of Mozart received rave reviews as they presented musical revolutions as if they were the most natural thing in the world. On the one hand, we have Abbado and his Orchestra Mozart, which brings together leading players from great orchestras and outstandingly talented young musicians, and which has placed Mozart’s music in the forefront of its work for nearly ten years; on the other, Martha Argerich, in her first Mozart concerto recording for Deutsche Grammophon.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Piano Concerto No.25 in C, K.503
01: Allegro maestoso – Cadenza: Friedrich Gulda
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466
Candenzas: Ludwig van Beethoven
Cadenzas: Ludwig van Beethoven
06: Rondo (Allegro assai)