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Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds; Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, April 2015
Schiff and colleagues play the enchanting K452 Quintet, and AndrT Previn impresses in the Quartets, shaping phrases with a velvet touch that tells even in the recessed piano image.

Fanfare, December 1982 (Piano Quartets)
On the surface (and only on the surface) these performances are similar to the slick, cool readings recorded by George Szell and members of the Budapest Quartet. AndrT Previn may not yet be in Szell's league as a conductor, but here he proves himself an equally stylish and considerably more sensitive pianist. Previn's tone is purer and more finely controlled, and he is a much more intelligent ensemble player, knowing (as Szell seemed not to) how to blend with his colleagues and step out of the spotlight when the music so demands. [... ] These are exemplary readings, and the string players acquit themselves admirably [... ] Rich, close sound and flawless surfaces contribute to making this a most welcome release.

Gramophone Magazine, April 1995 (Quintet)
The wind players are excellent and blend well, while the overall ensemble displays a fine unity. The balance places the piano more backwardly than usual, but no detail of Schiff's playing is lost.

Gramophone Magazine, March 1982 (Piano Quartets)
I have nothing but praise for the Decca recording and the way it achieves a just and highly satisfactory balance between the piano and the strings.


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