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Posted October 1, 2010
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 HarpWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.