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Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 21, K.467 & No. 25, K.503
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So while this may not be " the best Mozart recording of all time," it is certainly a stellar effort, and a testament to what we have lost. Paired with Colin Davis and the LSO, young Kovacevich plays both K.467 and K.503 with a lot of panache. Outer movements are quick and full of brio; the slow movements are poetic and never drag. Davis conducts the LSO with his customary vitality. The recorded sound is excellent - this disc definitely does not sound its age (the record was cut in 1973, making it 43 years old at this writing), yet it is a relic from a bygone age.
Indeed, Davis and Kovacevich do not seem the least bit constrained by period practice pieties; this is art for art's sake. In spite of (or perhaps, because of) these anachronisms, orchestral textures are clear and balances are excellent, yet natural.Read more ›
allegro pace. So did Szell thrice (with Rudolf Serkin once and Leon Fleisher twice), Davis again with Larrocha, and Galliera with Ingrid Haebler. Josef Vlach and Ivan Moravec edge toward rushing, but play the second movement
as an adagio with Moravec at his greatest providing poetic insight galore (see my review).
Kovacevich is impeccable technically and for the most part interpretively. For example his left hand in #21/2 is equally prominent with his right hand, heightening the hypnotic rhythm of the love song. I am less than pleased with his ornamentation in both second movements (more of it in #25). However it is not too intrusive
on the whole, especially when contrasted with the #25s of Zacharias, Uchida, Brendel (see my review of his set)
Peers:#21-Vasary/Vasaray, Larrocha/Davis, Serkin/Schneider/Sony, Haebler/Rowicki, Pollini/Pollini, Monique Haas/Rosbaud, Annie Fischer/Lukacs
#25- Serkin/Szell, Fleisher/Szell/Sony, Moravec/Vlach, Larrocha/Davis, Haebler/Galliera, Boegner/Ristenpart, Foldes/Sawallisch
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Speaking of Mozart K467 and K488, Frustration is my middle name. I have felt these familiar concertos deserve an interpreter to sit on piano stool without fear and with fingers... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Malverns
It's wonderful to have this recording again; twenty years ago I wore out the cassette and haven't heard it since. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by DAVID F MANCHESTER
For listeners with less experience with Mozart, I recommend this disc. The two concerti recorded here are some of his best and are often incredibly beautiful with pretty good... Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by jt52