Weber's piano concertos share many of the qualities of those by Mendelssohn: extreme virtuosity in the piano part, with fountains and cascades of notes, melodic prodigality, sudden switches to passages of fairy-like delicacy, and a fine grasp of structure with never a moment of wondering where the music is going. This recording captures all of these characteristics perfectly.
Sir Charles Mackerras was a conductor of very great experience, and the orchestra (new to me) rises splendidly to the challenge. The recording catches all the nuances of Weber's always colourful orchestration. The balance between orchestra and piano is excellent.
Nikolai Demidenko turns in a performance of the very greatest elegance and sophistication. His background in performing music of this period gives him a deep understanding of the genre, and those who are intested should investigate his excellent recordings of the piano music of Clementi and Vorisek. His passage work, legato and phrasing are things of great beauty, and a model to all pianists who have struggled with this brilliant music.
I forget which composer it was that said 'I write music to bring joy to the world'. It could have been Weber.