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Disappointingly underpowered in K466 - not recommended.
on 17 September 2015
I'm surprised to be so disappointed with this CD, as the Pires-Abbado combination works so well in their recordings of concertos 14, 17, 21 and 26, which are among the gems of my library. But here K466 is operating at far too low a voltage. The performance is refined, polite, too manicured, too 'nice', and completely lacks the almost reckless vehemence that Mozart's D minor style requires. K595 goes well, but the failure to project K466 with the necessary force makes this disc unrecommendable.
If anyone can recommend a truly vehement performance of K466, I'd be grateful. Abbado and Pires are not the only performers to let this concerto down, and I'd love to hear it done with the fullest possible impact.