A decade has passed since the release of their last album together. Now Martha Argerich and Claudio Abbado have joined forces again for two of Mozart s Vienna piano concertos.
After Mozart was dismissed from his post in Salzburg, he sought to make his way in Vienna as a freelance composer. In so doing, he turned his back on musical conventions. One form he particularly enjoyed experimenting with was that of the piano concerto, and the twelve he composed between 1784 and 1786 broke new musical ground. The Concertos in C major, K 503 (No. 25) and D minor, K 466 (No. 20)represent two contrasting milestones of this creative phase. Abbado and Argerich accordingly make no attempt to lump the two together, highlighting their unique characters.
This album is also Abbado's last recording after one of the greatest conductor's of our time sadly passed away on the 20th January 2014.