Maria João Pires turns 70!
Happy Birthday to Maria João Pires who turns 70 today! Two box sets have been released in honour of her birthday, one by Erato includes re-releases of many of her wonderful recordings from the 1970s and 1980s, and the other by Deutsche Grammophon called 'Complete Solo Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon'.
Her most recent recording of Beethoven's Piano Concertos Nos 3 and 4 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding has also just been released on Onyx. The Times says:
"Here, after many performances over the years, she's recording the Beethoven Third and Fourth Concertos for the first time - and playing them with such unaffected simplicity that you feel the notes speaking, never the pianist herself. Turbulent emotions, grandiose gestures and winking gaiety arrive as they should, yet nothing is pushed to extremes....Pires's fingers bring nothing but enchantment, tracing patterns with eloquence and clarity."