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Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Alicia de Larrocha, piano

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major, K 482
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

These legendary recordings of Alicia de Larrocha performing Mozart and Beethoven have been digitally remastered from the Original SWR tapes. The Mozart was performed with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester under the direction of Garcia Navarro. The original performance in 1986 proved Larrocha's intimate relationship with the works of Mozart. The Beethoven recording was made in 1977 when Larrocha was 54 years old. She performs the work with aplomb, alongside the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, under the direction of Ernest Bour.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Baden-Baden, Hans Rosbaud Studio (01/15/1986); Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR (01/15/1986); Baden-Baden, Hans Rosbaud Studio (01/17/1977); Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR (01/17/1977).



Reviews

Stunning performances of Mozart’s KV482 and Beethoven Nr. 3 in C-minor, Op. 37
Let me start by saying that I had the privilege of seeing Ms. de Larrocha perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in 1994, and the memory has stayed with me to this day. She was *amazing*, giving the work every measure of sensitivity and purpose that could possibly be expected. The evening was stunning, and I was thrilled to be able to experience her virtuosity in person.

Here, we have two recordings, the Mozart from 1986, and the Beethoven from 1977, “cleaned up” from the original masters, and the results are astonishing. Let there be no doubt, as I can personally attest, that Ms. de Larrocha was a sonically commanding presence on stage, her touch deft and lively, the emotions she invoked pure and heartfelt. And this is most certainly reflected in these two recordings. The Mozart is spritely and very much alive, full of energy and sensitivity, and as the liner notes indicate the 2nd movement Andante interaction with the winds is a thing of delicate beauty. Normal people just can’t do this, but Ms. de Larrocha could, and she made it seem as easy as breathing.

But what about the Beethoven? Oh my goodness, it is clear from the outset that Alicia de Larrocha understood what Beethoven was trying to say and how he needed to say it. This music is gorgeous and powerful, filled with sensitivity and purpose, and virtuosity to burn. The 2nd movement is a thing of beauty, filled with emotion and substance – the kind of performance that makes you wonder how Beethoven himself would have played it.

The liner notes, though brief, are interesting. And while I have not heard the original recording itself, this remastered version is astonishing. For those that are curious about Ms. de Larrocha, or anyone that was fortunate enough to hear her perform in person, this recording is a must-have. Very Highly Recommended!

Submitted on 04/19/16 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major, K 482
  • Performer: Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
  • Conductor: Garcia Ravarro
  • Ensemble: SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart
  • Running Time: 34 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  • Performer: Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
  • Conductor: Ernest Bour
  • Ensemble: SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg
  • Running Time: 37 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1800-1803