Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 22

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
While one cannot but praise pianist Jonathan Biss' superb performances of Mozart's "Piano Concertos No. 21" and "No. 22" for their graceful tone and elegant articulation, arguably the best music-making here is done by the accompanying orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Again and again, the poise of the balances, the effortlessness of the ensemble, the characterfulness of the solos, and the sheer joy in the playing steals the listener's attention away from the soloist. This is not to say that Biss is less than splendid. Building on the brilliant success of his earlier Schumann disc, the young soloist turns in well-considered but still spontaneous and wholly sincere ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
While one cannot but praise pianist Jonathan Biss' superb performances of Mozart's "Piano Concertos No. 21" and "No. 22" for their graceful tone and elegant articulation, arguably the best music-making here is done by the accompanying orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Again and again, the poise of the balances, the effortlessness of the ensemble, the characterfulness of the solos, and the sheer joy in the playing steals the listener's attention away from the soloist. This is not to say that Biss is less than splendid. Building on the brilliant success of his earlier Schumann disc, the young soloist turns in well-considered but still spontaneous and wholly sincere readings of the solo parts that will surely enhance his reputation as a pianist to watch. But the conductorless chamber orchestra's performance is so fine, so true, and so filled with light that one can only hope that some classical label signs them to record Mozart's symphonies. EMI's digital sound is clear, warm, and wonderfully detailed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • EAN: 5099921727023
  • Catalog Number: 17270

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Dinu Lipatti (27:28)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performed byOrpheus Chamber Orchestra
    1. 1 Allegro maestoso
    2. 2 Andante
    3. 3 Allegro vivace assai
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K. 482 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (33:40)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performed byOrpheus Chamber Orchestra, Jonathan Biss
    1. 4 Allegro
    2. 5 Andante
    3. 6 Rondo: Allegro
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jonathan Biss Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Refreshing, Elegant Mozart Courtesy of Jonathan Biss

    Jonathan Biss is certainly one of the brightest lights in the parade of pianists that grace our concert stages. He is a virtuoso and rather than relying on physical showmanship or indulgent mannerisms, Biss is content to deliver the goods unfettered. On this fine disc he collaborates with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and offers two of Mozart's more popular and favorite concertos - K467 (No. 21 in C) and K482 (No. 22 in E flat). The result is chamber Mozart of sterling quality. <BR/><BR/>Biss combines a sense of architecture in shaping both movements and complete concerto with technical finesse that is as fine as we are likely to hear from any pianist. His phrasing is eloquent, his fingers flying through the rapid passages and lingering with quiet sensitivity in the slower passages. With Biss at the keyboard there is a sense of security that radiates through the orchestra and to the listener and the result is Mozart at his effervescent and languishing melodic best. <BR/><BR/>In a survey of the number of recordings of both of these Mozart concerti there are many with individual moments of greatness. The difference with this performance is that Jonathan Biss goes straight to the heart of the composer and without imposing his personality on the works he allows all of the joy to be Mozart! Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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