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Very beautiful recording of Mozart
on 27 March 2014
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.