- Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major ("Jeunehomme," "Jenamy"), K. 271
- Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K. 459
- Variations (9) on a minuet by Duport for piano in D major, K. 573
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The life of pianist Clara Haskil was one of the most difficult and tumultuous of any artist of her generation. She was something of a recluse, persecuted by the Nazis and plagued by debilitating illnesses. It's remarkable that any joy could emanate from such an arduous life, but listening to this CD shows us that sometimes through great suffering comes great beauty. Earlier in her career, Haskil championed a broad scope of repertoire but became increasingly focused on the works of Mozart. This album features the concertos "K. 271" and "K. 459," as well as the little-performed "Variations on a Duport Minuet, K. 573." It's no wonder that Haskil turned her attention to Mozart as it is with his music that her introspection and finesse reach their zenith. Her playing is remarkably elegant, nuanced, and detailed -- a much more elegant sound than many of her contemporaries produced. Regrettably, the orchestra with which she is playing does not perform with the same level of sophistication. The sound is sometimes muddy and some passagework in the winds is sloppy. The "Duport Variations," however, give listeners the opportunity to hear Haskil alone and enjoy the remarkable clarity and beautiful simplicity of her playing.