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Mozart: Great Piano Concertos

Vladimir Ashkenazy’s complete cycle of Mozart piano concertos was originally issued in the late 70s-early 80s, and holds up well, on the evidence of this bargain-priced 2-CD set of five of the most famous of these works. The pianist’s approach tends toward the large-scale and deliberate. This works particularly well in the majestic C major Concerto K. 503 (one is made aware of how this work influenced Beethoven’s own G major Concerto) and the tragic C minor work, K. 491. He is supported by beautiful playing from the Philharmonia Orchestra, whose strings lend a magical sheen to the Romantic melodies of the famous “Elvira Madigan” slow movement of K. 467. Ashkenasy’s playing is fittingly sparkling in passagework and as transparent as a modern Steinway concert grand can be. By today’s standards of historical performance the orchestra is large, some of the slow movements could have used a bit more ornamentation, and the pianist’s own cadenzas to K. 467, 491 and 503 wander a bit too far afield harmonically; but these are small quibbles in otherwise enjoyable performances. Check it out!

Product description I will ship by EMS or SAL items in stock in Japan. It is approximately 7-14days on delivery date. You wholeheartedly support customers as satisfactory. Thank you for you seeing it. Decca has gotten around the perennial problem of filling Mozart Piano Concerto CDs by splitting No. 25 between two discs, giving us 155 minutes of Mozart for the price of a single top-line CD. The performances are top-line, too, if you like big-orchestra Mozart. Ashkenazy performs this music in a public, large-auditorium style, without the intimacy or niceties we hear from period instruments or from such pianists as Richard Goode and Mitsuko Uchida. His own cadenzas for three of the concertos are also very extroverted–and, alas, not very imaginative. Also, there are a few moments when the orchestra might have benefited from a firmer hand on the tiller than the pianist-conductor can provide. Overall, though, these are dramatic, involving Mozart performances, even if their style belongs more to the past than to the present. –Leslie Gerber

 

 

 

Mozart: Great Piano Concertos Review

 

A beautiful, supple recording of the 21st, which was why I bought this CD. Ashkenazy is always exciting to listen to, and this recording is no different. Each of the concertos is beautifully rendered. -Read Reviews-

I very much am enjoying these discs. My previous experience of these same pieces, or most of them, came from a wonderful tape I had of Annie Fischer performing them. Ashkenazy’s renditions match those in every way. I also get to enjoy some additional pieces I was not as familiar with as well.

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