- Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
- Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Since the Second World War, there have been hundreds of recordings of Mozart's D minor and Beethoven's C minor piano concertos, and by any measure, dozens of them have been superb. So why should so many critics consider this particular coupling of two recordings from 1959 and 1963 to be perhaps the greatest of each of them? Because it has Sviatoslav Richter as the soloist, that's why. His technique is flawless, so flawless that one is never aware of his technique but simply of the music. His tone is exemplary, so exemplary that his Mozart has the warmth, the roundness, and the gracefulness, while his Beethoven has the strength, the firmness, and the soulfulness that in each case ideally suits the music. His taste is impeccable, so impeccable that one accepts his colors, phrasing, and balances not as his personal views of the music but as the essence of the music. Finally, his interpretations have the supreme excellence of inevitability: everything that happens from the smallest slur to the mightiest double octaves seems as if it could happen in no other way and in no other manner. Ably accompanied by Stanislaw Wislocki leading the Warsaw National Philharmonic in 1959 and Kurt Sanderling leading the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in 1963, Richter's Mozart's D minor and Beethoven's C minor concertos are arguably the only recordings of the works one ever needs to hear. This French reissue of DG's originals is clear enough, but a bit more distant than the LPs.
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