MOZART Piano Concertos Nos. 17 + 21 / Pires, Abbad 4399412

I have only praise for the performance [of the Piano Concerto No. 21], Pires delivers it in a redeemingly Mozartian way. There is no obvious alternative coupling for these two concertos, and if there were it would have to be of remarkable quality to better this outstanding new disc.

This could be the disc I take away to my desert island. Despite the wonderful instrumental playing here, I was always drawn to how Mozart, my favourite composer, sounded in the hands of my favourite conductor. In a word: sublime.