New Releases: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 – Ozawa and Argerich; Beethoven, Brahms & Mozart – Grigory Sokolov

11 May 2020, 10:00 | Updated: 11 May 2020, 10:01

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 – Ozawa and Argerich; Beethoven, Brahms & Mozart – Grigory Sokolov
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 – Ozawa and Argerich; Beethoven, Brahms & Mozart – Grigory Sokolov. Picture: Decca / Deutsche Grammophon

By Sian Hamer

Throughout the week Classic FM’s presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases. This week: ‘Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2; Grieg: Holberg Suite’ by Seiji Ozawa and Martha Argerich, and ‘Beethoven, Brahms & Mozart’ by Grigory Sokolov.

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‘Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2; Grieg: Holberg Suite’ by Seiji Ozawa and Martha Argerich
‘Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2; Grieg: Holberg Suite’ by Seiji Ozawa and Martha Argerich. Picture: Decca

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2; Grieg: Holberg Suite – Seiji Ozawa and Martha Argerich

Decca

Conductor Seiji Ozawa and pianist Martha Argerich reunite for a second release, following the success of their first joint album which celebrated Beethoven’s First Symphony and First Piano Concerto.

Now the virtuoso duo, who first performed together over 40 years ago, release an exceptional recording of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.2, in the 250th anniversary year of the composer’s birth.

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The album, which was recorded live in Japan last May, also features Grieg’s Holberg Suite, plus a bonus track recording of Mozart’s Divertimento K.136.

Ozawa and Argerich are joined by the Mito Chamber Orchestra on the new release.

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Beethoven, Brahms & Mozart by Grigory Sokolov
Beethoven, Brahms & Mozart by Grigory Sokolov. Picture: Deutsche Grammophon

Beethoven, Brahms & Mozart – Grigory Sokolov

Deutsche Grammophon

It’s been three years since his last release, and now Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov returns with an album filled with fantastic live recordings from his tour last summer.

“Music made in the present moment, unique and unrepeatable is all that matters”, Sokolov’s biography page reads.

His newly released double-album features works from Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart, along with encores by Schubert, Rameau and Debussy.

Among the series of rich recordings is a live performance of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 3 and Bagatelles, and Brahms’ autumnal piano pieces.