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Mozart: Piano Concertos [Box Set]
     

Mozart: Piano Concertos [Box Set]

by Rudolf Serkin
 
These Mozart concerto recordings, packaged by Deutsche Grammophon in several different ways and now brought together for one last fling, were made in the 1980s. They feature legendary Bohemian-Austrian-American pianist Rudolf Serkin, just shy of or just beyond his 80th birthday, returning to a set of works he knew well -- of all the central

Overview

These Mozart concerto recordings, packaged by Deutsche Grammophon in several different ways and now brought together for one last fling, were made in the 1980s. They feature legendary Bohemian-Austrian-American pianist Rudolf Serkin, just shy of or just beyond his 80th birthday, returning to a set of works he knew well -- of all the central European emigrants who enlivened American concert stages around the middle of the last century, Serkin's circumspect style was perhaps the best suited to Mozart. These, however, are not the Mozart performances for which Serkin is known; he had recorded most of these works for Columbia (now Sony) a quarter century earlier, and here he takes a leisurely, rather professorial look back. Listeners who particularly admired Serkin will find plenty to enjoy in these seven discs. The artless little rondo that concludes Mozart's piano concerto output in the last movement of the "Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, K. 595," was a minor specialty of Serkin's, and he brings a special kind of sweetness to it here. The conversation between Serkin and Claudio Abbado's London Symphony Orchestra (and, in the "Piano Concerto No. 16, K. 451," the youthful Chamber Orchestra of Europe) is a lively one, with Abbado seeming to guide Serkin into safe channels. Deutsche Grammophon's 1980s sound has been smoothly transferred to CD. These aren't top choices for Mozart's concertos, but they do perhaps constitute the "collectors' edition" advertised on the cover -- Serkin was an artist who shaped the world's conceptions of the "Viennese school," and there's much to be gained by tracing the evolution of his style over his long life.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2006
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947752141
catalogNumber:
000718702
Rank:
143307

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Tracks

  1. Piano Concerto No. 8 in C major ("Lützow") K. 246
  2. Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414 (K. 385p)
  3. Piano Concerto No. 16 in D major, K. 451
  4. Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major ("Jeunehomme," "Jenamy"), K. 271
  5. Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453
  6. Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat major, K. 450
  7. Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K. 482
  8. Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat major, K. 456
  9. Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
  10. Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503
  11. Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K. 459
  12. Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
  13. Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K. 595
  14. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467
  15. Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488

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