Beethoven: Symphony No.1; Piano Concerto No.1 – Martha Argerich

Martha Argerich, Mito Chamber Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Format: 1 CD
Release date: 2/2/2018
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   in Classical Music (Apr, 2018)
There are big names and big reputations on this disc so it is a shame to report that the end results of their endeavours are rather ordinary. Nicely as the well- drilled Mito Chamber Orchestra play, its live performance of the Symphony No 1 lacks drive, particularly in the opening Allegro con brio after the portentous introduction. Matters pick up a touch in the Andante cantabile con moto and Menuetto but for all its appearance of surface zip, the finale is rather leaden.

Part of the problem is some uninspired direction from Ozawa. The sound is also rather flat, perhaps reflecting the acoustic of Japan’s Art Tower Mito in Ibaraki. The …

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