This is a wonderful performance of these 2 concerti, with excellent ensemble from the CEO and Abbado.
It is up there with Perahia, Schiff et al. Especially better because of the embracing of dynamics and passion, perhaps it bears better comparison with Ashkenazy.
Anyway, the only reason this is not better known is because it is not part of a boxed set, Pires just has not done that thing. This is outstanding Mozart playing, and is not 'just another mozart concerto recording'. Deserves a place on the critical mozartian's shelf.
And the sound is top notch, very transparent with an absence of highlighting of instruments, but with enough presence.