Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 20

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
This disc may be Piotr Anderszewski's contribution to Mozart's 250th birthday celebration in 2006, but his performances of these two piano concertos would be welcome in any year. It's the talented young pianist's second album of Mozart concertos, a follow-up to his well-received recording of Nos. 21 and 24. As on that release, Anderszewski conducts from the keyboard though he's now traded bands from the Sinfonia Varsovia to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and once again he's selected a nicely matched pair of works -- a dramatically charged minor-key concerto leading to a somewhat sunnier one in major. Anderszewski is a pianist who catches your attention -- and keeps it ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
This disc may be Piotr Anderszewski's contribution to Mozart's 250th birthday celebration in 2006, but his performances of these two piano concertos would be welcome in any year. It's the talented young pianist's second album of Mozart concertos, a follow-up to his well-received recording of Nos. 21 and 24. As on that release, Anderszewski conducts from the keyboard though he's now traded bands from the Sinfonia Varsovia to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and once again he's selected a nicely matched pair of works -- a dramatically charged minor-key concerto leading to a somewhat sunnier one in major. Anderszewski is a pianist who catches your attention -- and keeps it -- with every turn of phrase; his Mozart sounds fresh and lively no matter how familiar these works are. If he's at his best with the potent, almost operatic drama of the Concerto No. 20's opening movement and in his own stormy cadenza to that Concerto's finale, it's an equal pleasure to hear him zestfully romping through the sprightly outer movements of No. 17, not to mention the expressively singing tone he produces in the central slow movement of each work. With major contributions to the Beethoven and Bach piano discographies already under his belt, plus a revelatory disc devoted to his countryman Karol Szymanowski, Anderszewski has quickly established himself as a truly versatile musician, but as a showcase for all of his strengths, his Mozart may be the strongest testimony yet of his full significance as an artist.
All Music Guide - James Leonard
Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski first came to international attention in 1995 with his Philips' recording with violinist Viktoria Mullova of violin sonatas by Janácek, Debussy, and Prokofiev. The combination of Mullova's fire and passion with Anderszewski light and power was incandescent, and their 1997 follow-up disc of Brahms' violin sonatas blazed just as radiantly. Anderszewski made his solo recording debut in 2000 on Virgin with a masterful performance of Beethoven's "Diabelli Variations" and followed that in 2002 with a terrific disc of Mozart's "Piano Concertos No. 21" and "No. 24." After impressive discs devoted to Bach and Chopin and a stunning recital coupling Bach, Beethoven, and Webern, Anderszewski returned to Mozart in 2006 with this disc of his "Piano Concertos No. 17" and "No. 20." As before, Anderszewski is not only playing but directing the orchestra, albeit here the orchestra is not the somewhat slack Sinfonia Varsovia, but the always refined Scottish Chamber Orchestra. As before, Anderszewski's performances are terrific. In the "Concerto No. 20 in D minor," his playing is hot-blooded but subtle, powerfully expressive but objective, thrillingly virtuosic but completely controlled. In the "Concerto No. 17 in G major," his playing is highly polished but intense, lightly witty but deep, elegantly beautiful but thoroughly thought-through. As always, Anderszewski's tone is nuanced and his technique is invincible. Virgin's sound is full and rich.
Gramophone - David Vickers
Piotr Anderszewski superbly captures the uneasy mingling of melancholic passion and revolutionary fervor [in the opening of the D Minor Concerto]. This dynamic and impressively balanced performance is full of powerful arguments and emotional pressure.

Piotr Anderszewski superbly captures the uneasy mingling of melancholic passion and revolutionary fervor [in the opening of the D Minor Concerto]. This dynamic and impressively balanced performance is full of powerful arguments and emotional pressure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • Label: Erato
  • UPC: 094634469623
  • Catalog Number: 44696
  • Sales rank: 137,922

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Piotr Anderszewski (31:06)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Piotr Anderszewski (31:33)
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Performance Credits
Scottish Chamber Orchestra Primary Artist
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