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Mozart: Piano Concertos no 20, 23, 24, 26 & 27 / Curzon

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 26 in D major, K 537 "Coronation"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"...[This music] is so effortlessly natural and effective and it has a surface beauty that few can fail to find. Beneath that surface, however, it is extraordinarily complex and infinitely fascinating, like all great Mozart; and it's on this level that Curzon interprets the notes. When you hear Mozart playing like this, you realize how superficial most other performances are." -Gramophone

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
In a list of all-time best recordings of Mozart piano concertos these should have a place. The balances of piano with orchestra are just right, and the sound has come up freshly on CD, with clarity and a nicely truthful character. In the No 24 the wind isn't as forward as recordings favour these days, but from the LSO as distinguished soloists and as a wind chorus their contributions tell. Kertész gives Curzon nicely judged support: it sets him off, in a frame, even if it does appear a mite neutral at times and strangely limp in the presentation of the variation theme at the start of the finale of the C minor Concerto. These days, some people might consider the interpretations dated, or unreconstructed. Curzon doesn't decorate the bare, leaping intervals at the close of the slow movement of K488, and he's restrained too in the C minor. But the performances seem to be beyond fashion.

The slow movements are especially fine. In the Larghetto of No 24, unfolding at an ideal tempo, Curzon gives the impression of walking while he speaks to us. The gravity of the F sharp minor Adagio of No 23 is a different thing; but there, again, he's unaffected and completely unsentimental, direct in manner even while projecting the deepest feeling. He reminds us that the best interpreters do not impose but find a way of letting the music speak through them.



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466
  • Performer: Clifford Curzon (Piano)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595
  • Performer: Clifford Curzon (Piano)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 26 in D major, K 537 "Coronation"
  • Performer: Clifford Curzon (Piano)
  • Conductor: István Kertész
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1788

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488
  • Performer: Clifford Curzon (Piano)
  • Conductor: István Kertész
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491
  • Performer: Clifford Curzon (Piano)
  • Conductor: István Kertész
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786