on 6 December 2001
The period instruments sound so "right" that you won't want to hear it any other way. Not dressed up for modern tastes, but letting the music speak for itself. Robert Levin plays immaculately, and of all the fortepianos I've heard, this is the most beautiful instrument to hear.
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The Robert Levin performances with the Academy of Ancient music and Christopher Hogwood have proved to be brilliant.
This recording of the Mozart Piano Concertos No5, No14 and No 16 is truly magnificent.
As usual the attention to authenticity is on top form. The authentic instrument sound is up the usual high standard and makes these concertos sound really engaging.
As is often the case Hogwood and here Levin have sought the earliest documentation from the composer to gain as close to authentic as is possible.
Piano Concerto No 5 posed the most difficult concerto to track down authenticity. The original autographed version has not been available until the late 1980s when archives purchased in 1799 from Mozart's estate were discovered. These carry autographs from 1777-1778. Using this as a basis and accounting for earlier habits of Mozart's compositional style we have a unique version that has much credibility.
The same attention to detail applies to the other concertos and the whole disc has a very enjoyable performance, interpretation and authentic style.
The sound is excellent and the presentation is just right. A very good release indeed.