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1.0 out of 5 stars All aboard the SS Minnow on its last Voyage!, 21 Mar. 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)
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!

Is there a more feeble, ennervating, bantam-weight K 466 in existence? Listen to the prelude of the first movement: it is comically underpowered. K 503 is Olympian in conception but not here: bingo anyone?

The Orchestra Mozart upholds its reputation as a poor man's understudy to the Academy of St Martins in the Field. Argerich - never a dyed-in-the-wool Mozartian - tempers her fire to match Uncle Claudio's lethargy and niceness. Martha, was this wisdom?

Abbado recorded these works with Gulda and the Vienna Philarmonic in the Seventies: it's a chalk and cheese dynamic (Mozart: Great Piano Concertos Nos. 20, 21, 25 & 27).

King Lear-itis afflicted Uncle Claudio in his twilight years when he decided to run with the Period Practice wolfpack. Here, the heath and nightfall are regnant.
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Initial post: 23 Mar 2014 18:53:23 GMT
Please - no queue-jumping! You'll all get a turn!

B

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2014 08:20:31 GMT
ab says:
hello Michael
good post - I am going to start playing a new game - it is called troll fishing - whereby by posting an (to clever people) obviously idiotic review (not that yours is!) I encourage abuse from people with no wits.
I will then reply "congratulations you have been Amazon fished"
Cruel perhaps, like all blood sports - but i'm, going to try.
On the back of your review of Rattle's Nutmangler, I have ordered Bishkovyvykovs. I hope i like it.
Cheers
AB

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2014 10:59:18 GMT
AB - great stuff. Let me know how you get on. Best wishes, B

Posted on 4 May 2014 18:13:34 BDT
N. CAMPSALL says:
Another excellent skewering. Truly a bland let-down. And I thought I was the only one...

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2014 19:58:45 BDT
NC - thanks for the ratification. This is one of his worst recordings of Mozart and it's even more woeful under the circumstances.

Best wishes, B

Posted on 11 May 2014 09:47:08 BDT
readers, I am starting to wonder if those people who so rate this vanilla milkshake of a recording can be seen walking their pooches in the twilight.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2014 22:13:10 BDT
Adamos says:
To paraphrase one of the 5star reviewers: 2 of the centuries greatest musicians in 2 utterly forgettable performances. I don't know about walking their pooches, but the performance is doggedly pedestrian.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2014 22:21:57 BDT
Adamos - thank you for the ratification.

B
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