This record is a very apt tribute to Claudio Abbado, given that his recordings with Martha Argerich go back to the Prokofiev/Ravel disc made in 1967. You do not listen to it in a spirit of assessing how good it is, but rather with a sense of sadness at the loss to the music world of such a great figure. He seemed to be one of the pivots of the orchestral world over the last decades, and stood for refinement and a marvellously subtle musicality, recently communicated through his Orchestra Mozart in that composer and Schumann, with superb results. The music-making here is of a very high order, as you would expect; Argerich has an uncanny ability to get down something miraculous on all her live recordings (the D minor here has ecstatic applause), the range of tone and phrasing are completely magical. One thing that can be concretely said is that she plays the last movement of the D minor at an incredible speed - I've never heard it this fast. One imagines the pulse came from her, but Abbado matches her with a sense of long understanding and his direction is full of colour and affirmation of the spirit of the music. The C major also has a big approach to the keyboard, and is one of Mozart's grandest concertos, his own unnamed "Emperor", perhaps. The recording quality fully captures the range of sounds in the orchestra, taking you through the experience second by second - your ear just goes with it. The amalgam of poise and sensuality is so blended, you can only think: this is the real thing. Even the cover photo seems to be a moment of grace; two artists who really do deserve their legendary status, brought together in an instant both timeless and exciting in the highest degree.