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This is the clear pick of my crop this month. Argerich partners with the young Italian pianist Gabriele Baldocci in a wide-ranging programme. Each work the two pianists touch springs into life, and the Mozart bristles with a sheer love of performing. But it is in Milhaud’s Scaramouche that the two pianists will surely never be bettered, its glittering surface the very essence of the composer. Argerich and Baldocci seem perfectly matched, technically and musically. The opening of Shostakovich’s Concertino is orchestral in scale, monumental in the manner of a Bach/Busoni offering and contrastive to the madcap helter-skelter hijinks of the ensuing Allegretto. This interpretation of the Rachmaninov presents the piece (convincingly) as a dark masterwork. The players capture the shadowy mystery and almost Scriabinesque ecstasy of La valse in a virtuoso performance. An amazing achievement.

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