This week Classic 107 host Michael Wolch and McNally's Andy Morton select "Mozart" ---- a brand new live recording from Martha Argerich, Claudia Abbado and Orchestra Mozart.
An outstanding patnership between Claudio Abbado and Martha Argerich with Orchestra Mozart creates a performance which is elegant, electric and compelling . . . Mozart was in Abbado's very DNA, a fact that is highlighted here in the elegance, elan and well harnessed energy in his moulding of the orchestral parts of these two keyboard concertos.
The artistic partnership with Argrerich is an intimate, seasoned and spirited one: the way in which her delicate fingerwork in the slow movement of the C Major Concerto is so perfectly coordinated with the woodwind instruments is just one example of how the orchestra, soloist and conductor are in complete, responsive harmony. But on the broader front too, this is a performance where everything works instinctively.
Argerich, as always, is a characterful, spontaneous soloist but, as is equally typical of her winning manner of playing, she is thoroughly attuned to the music's scale and stylistic niceties. With Abbado as a constant source of sensitivity as regards balance and instrumental colour, this is an interpretation that is in every sense live and, with excellent engineering of sound, has a compelling immediacy of presence.
The atmosphere of tension and apprehension that Abbado triggers at the start of the D Minor Concerto fuels a viscerally exciting, aptly disquieting performance of the first movement, its emotions in flux, Argerich complementing Abbado in tempering darkness with light. She launches the finale as a true "Allegro assai", but it is fit, healthy and lithe rather than in any way breathless. These are performances in which vital sparks generate palpable electricity.