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Mozart: The Great Piano Concertos Vol.2 [CD]

English Chamber Orchestra, Mitsuka Uchida Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Jan 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00005O83Y
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491
2. Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503
3. Piano Concerto No. 16 in D major, K451
4. Piano Concerto No. 16 in D major, K451
5. Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K537 "Coronation"
6. Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K959

Product Description

DEC 4689182; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica Orchestrale per Piano

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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As someone not too keen on piano music - too often prone to sef indulgent brooding or ill tempered histrionics - I have only ever felt comfortable with Mozart's piano concertos because for him the piano was, perhaps, the most immediate and intimate way to convey some of his greatest musical inspirations. Mitsuko Uchida, Jeffrey Tate and The English Chamber Orchestra, in all three volumes of The Great Piano Concertos, deliver some of the most breathtakingly beautiful music that I, for one, have heard in a long time. The piano and orchestra are lively, sensitive and, almost playfully at times, in complete agreement with each other. Mozart knew a good tune and, when he got one, he'd turn it into another one and then, just when you thought it couldn't get any better, he'd top it all with something to leave you astonished that someone could create such exquisite music. Just listen to the third movement of concerto number 27, for example but, to be honest, listen to all three volumes of these concertos and you will have dozens of melodies swirling round your mind and enriching your life forever.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Mozart concerti 5 Mar 2007
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I don't think this series of three discs by Mitsuko Uchida and the ECO can be bettered. I have enthused about her Complete Mozart Piano Sonatas and the Concerti are just as good. Uchida has a real empathy with Mozart, I think, and you get the sense of love and joy in the music combined with magnificent musicianship.

She is crisp and sensitive in the quicker outer movements and has the power when needed to play as the orchestra's equal. In the slow movements Uchida's beautiful tone is a joy and she judges the mood perfectly, making them truly beautiful without a hint of sentimentality or Mozartkugel-flavoured kitsch. This is not easy in such over-exposed movements as the Andante of K467, for example, but she is absolutely exemplary in her empathy and restraint.

The English Chamber Orchestra are ideal in this repertoire. It is no coincidence that both Uchida and the great Murray Perahia chose them for their Mozart recordings. The orchestra - here under Jeffrey Tate - are vigorous, supple and responsive and again avoid any intrusion of the saccharine nonsense which mars some Mozart performances. You can almost hear the collective grins of the orchestra during some of Mozart's more outrageous show-off finales, and there is a fabulous understanding between them and Uchida who worked with the ECO a lot.

It seems to me that the only close competitor to this series is Murray Perahia's Complete Mozart Piano Concerti (also with the ECO) which are equally good, but weigh in at well over 60. And it's worth saying that on Radio 3's Building A Library, the reviewer said that he couldn't imagine even Mozart playing Mozart more beautifully than Murray Perahia, but still chose Uchida's recording of the Jeunehomme Concerto (K271, on Volume 3) as the best available.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathless playing 15 Dec 2010
By Mark
Format:Audio CD
There's something about Uchida's playing that no other pianist can emulate when it comes to Mozart. It simply takes my breath away. This selection is worth buying for number 24 alone, but then I have to confess to it having a special place for me as I heard Mitsuko Uchida playing (and directing) it live with the ECO in the mid 80's on the South Bank and it rates as one of the most special concerts ever for me.

I agree with another reviewer that I would be very happy with the Perahia recordings; in fact he was my favourite Mozart interpreter - at least before Uchida came along. Perahia's technique is probably better but Uchida has that undefinable quality that makes music really special.

Totally and unreservedly recommended!
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