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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Torn between joy and sadness
It's very hard to write anything like an objective review of this CD, as it is only last month that Abbado passed away - but even despite that, this is very very special music-making. The peerless interpretations, the amazing clarity and sensitivity of the playing (from soloist and orchestra) and the infectious sense of JOY in engaging with two of Mozart's greatest piano...
Published 6 months ago by James Argles

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1.0 out of 5 stars All aboard the SS Minnow on its last Voyage!
In the Hollow Men - not inappropriately quoted in this context - T S Eliot tells us "This is the way the world ends: Not with a bang but a whimper."

Abbado never enthused me with his Via Media ways. Blandness afflicts most of his endeavours. Even so, surely he could have engineered a more memorable swan-song than this dreary, emasculated affair!

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Published 5 months ago by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Torn between joy and sadness, 16 Feb 2014
This review is from: Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 In C Major K.503; Piano Concerto No.20 In D Minor K.466 (Audio CD)
It's very hard to write anything like an objective review of this CD, as it is only last month that Abbado passed away - but even despite that, this is very very special music-making. The peerless interpretations, the amazing clarity and sensitivity of the playing (from soloist and orchestra) and the infectious sense of JOY in engaging with two of Mozart's greatest piano concerti (and in K466, some would argue, the greatest) swept me away entirely...and it was only as the breathtaking and exhilarating end of K466 arrived, and the applause and cheering began, that I remembered that Abbado is no longer with us... This is a worthy memorial.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars living Mozart in the moment, 10 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 In C Major K.503; Piano Concerto No.20 In D Minor K.466 (Audio CD)
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When works of genius are performed by a pianist of genius, 8 Aug 2014
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Serghiou Const (Nicosia, Cyprus) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 In C Major K.503; Piano Concerto No.20 In D Minor K.466 (Audio CD)
It is true that not much can be added to what already has been said about the rendition of these two Mozart piano concertos which truly set standards of excellence.

I shall consequently confine the argument to two elements namely Martha Argerich's divine rendition and the quality of the sound which is truly amazing.

I was always an Argerich enthusiast but in the past certain people could still detect flaws. As an example I can cite her Rachmaninoff 3 with Ricardo Chailly conducting in which the reservation was that she imposed her personality on the character of the music. Though even in retrospect I do not agree , still in retrospect I can see their point.

But I challenge anybody to detect even a suspicion of flaw in her rendition of these drastically different in character piano concertos. In this regard the liner note reads 'with its majestic radiant, chordal opening, the C major Piano Concerto K 503 of December 1786 introduces us to a world of expression that could hardly be more different from that of the deadly rebellious D minor Concerto K 466 of February 1785.' Her rendition though retaining her vitality and acuity, and impressive flow still fully respects the thematic and chromatic variations of the two concertos.

The phenomenal pianist, Martha Argerich in her full maturity attains consummation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very beautiful recording of Mozart, 27 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 In C Major K.503; Piano Concerto No.20 In D Minor K.466 (Audio CD)
Whatever you have so far read about this recording being good could not possibly be an exaggeration. This is truly lovely playing by both Argerich and Abbado at the helm of his orchestra. I've known the C major concerto for more than 40 years but I have never heard it like this before. The grandeur is there as it should be but Argerich knows just how to melt into an altogether more sublime mood, especially in the slow movement and Abbado is right there with her. What gorgeous wind solos to accompany!

As for the D minor concerto, it has all the qualities of a sombre baritone deep in questing thought; delicious! This is dark chocolate music. The scherzo passage in the slow movement may not bite as much as in some recordings but it is all of a piece with the rest of the performance. As for the final few bars with that witty little trumpet riff in the major, it brings out the sunshine as it always should.

Now that Abbado is no longer with us, this is a treasure that I hope will never be out of the catalogue.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars End of an era..., 10 Feb 2014
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Mr. Robert D. Roy (Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 In C Major K.503; Piano Concerto No.20 In D Minor K.466 (Audio CD)
If I were forced or invited to go to a desert island and choose eight records (or discs!) to help with the solitude, Martha Argerich's and Claudio Abbado's classic recording of Prokofiev's 3rd piano concerto would be at the top of the list. This new disc captures the magic that these two artists sparked off each emphasising the tragedy that there will be no more.

There is little I can add to my fellow reviewer, schumann bg's comments, except to say that the disc itself is well presented including the classic photo of Ms. Argerich and Mr. Abbado as they were in the 60's. How times have changed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Recording Of Perfect Rendition, 28 May 2014
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This review is from: Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 In C Major K.503; Piano Concerto No.20 In D Minor K.466 (Audio CD)
I can only echo what the other 5 star reviews have stated. My expectations were more than fulfilled. This is first class playing with an intuitive understanding between conductor and soloist. Exceptional orchestral playing as well. A recording to listen to repeatedly and to cherish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A once only combination, 26 May 2014
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This review is from: Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 In C Major K.503; Piano Concerto No.20 In D Minor K.466 (Audio CD)
With Abbado's death this will never be repeated....I've never been totally sold on Argerich's Mozart, but 2 of the century's greatest musicians combine here in 2 unforgettable performances. Even Mozart would have loved to hear these 2 at their finest. Not to be missed, even if you've already got several CDs of K466 and K503
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5.0 out of 5 stars The magic of Argerich and Abbado., 9 April 2014
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This review is from: Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 In C Major K.503; Piano Concerto No.20 In D Minor K.466 (Audio CD)
These recordings are astonishing. Though very well known Concerti Martha Argerich establishes the authority of her absolute mastery of these works and the orcestra respond appropriately. Listening to this disc takes pleasure to a new level. They are simply wonderful and unique recordings.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best, 28 Mar 2014
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Amazing.A simply way to see Mozart, like to great musicians like Marta and Claudio. We will gratefull for ever. Thank you Mr. Abbado.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful., 7 Aug 2014
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Magnificent pairing. Wonderful.
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