Mozart concertos scoop Silver prize

Japan’s leading music magazine has named Martha Argerich a winner in its 50th annual Record Academy Awards. An authoritative voice in music since 1963, Record Geijutsu has been naming the world’s best recordings for half a century, and its awards are considered among the most glittering prizes in the world of classical music.

Martha Argerich was soloist on Claudio Abbado’s first ever recording for Deutsche Grammophon. Their reunion in Mozart concertos, recorded at the 2013 Lucerne Festival, was released shortly after Abbado’s death and was immediately seen as an outstanding tribute to both artists (“These are performances in which vital sparks generate palpable electricity” – Daily Telegraph).

Speaking of the Record Academy’s Silver Award for her recording of Mozart concertos with Claudio Abbado, Martha Argerich said: “I am deeply touched and honoured to receive this award, both in my name and for my dear friend Claudio Abbado. It’s impossible for me – as I know it would be for him – to express in mere words the pristine, existential joy of our final Mozart performance together, but if the Geijutsu jury has heard it in the recording, their recognition is a fitting crescendo for the coda of our lifelong collaboration.” In January 2015 the complete concerto recordings of Argerich and Abbado will be released.

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