This box set features five CDs in their original jackets with an extensive full-colour booklet.
Including Mozarts remarkable concert aria Ch io mi scordite... for soprano, piano obbligato and orchestra, composed in December, 1786 in Vienna here masterly presented by Christine Schäfer, Maria João Pires, Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Claudio Abbado.
Including Mozarts Concerto No.23 , celebrated 1995 recording from Salzburg with Pires, Brüggen and the Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg.
This collection brings together all of Maria João Pires concerto recordings for Deutsche Grammophon from between 1990 and 2011. It displays the great Portuguese pianist in the music of three composers who have always been close to her heart Mozart, Schumann and Chopin and whose intimacy of scale is ideally suited to her distinctive musicianship.
An artist averse to the trappings of international stardom and one who has long preferred to plough a unique furrow, Pires has developed a musical voice focused on the essence of a work s communicative qualities, powered by love, intuition and an unworldliness that allows every note to feel emotionally genuine.
Awarding her the 2002 UNESCO International Music Prize, the president of the International Music Council summed up her attitude to her art: For Maria João Pires, art is not something élitist. She has never regarded music as a personal and individual matter, but rather as a community behaviour, forging a dialogue from different origins and epochs.
CD1 - Chopin Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Chamber Orchestra of Europe Krivine
CD2 - Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 14 & 26 Wiener Philharmoniker Abbado
+ Mozart-Aria Ch io mi scordite... - Schäfer Pires Berliner Philharmoniker Abbado
CD3 - Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 21 Chamber Orchestra of Europe Abbado
CD4 - Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 27 Orchestra Mozart Abbado
CD5 - Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg Brüggen
+ Schumann Piano Concerto Chamber Orchestra of Europe Abbado