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Mozart the Nice,
This review is from: Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos.20 & 21 (Audio CD)
As there are plenty of ugly buggers within the ranks of the Australian Knappertsbusch Association, we have urged Deutsche Grammophon to drop its policy of debuting only those artists who are photogenic in the extreme. After all, there are plenty of big-nosed guys with man-boobs or gals who are `double paper-bag jobs' [in case the first one rips] whose musicality cannot be impugned: they warrant airtime as well. Sad to say, our counsel has yet to be enacted.
This is my first encounter with Jan Lisecki. He looks like a nice guy who dots on fluffy animals and recycles empty bottles of conditioner with unerring precision. I cannot imagine him jaywalking. Perhaps Jan has a talent in Chopin - the world needs more surveys of the Mazurkas and Polonaises - but on the evidence of this disc, Mozart is currently beyond him.
Could this be the tamest, daintiest, most emasculated K 466 in existence? I suspect so. I am astounded and saddened in equal measure by the shallowness of this endeavour. Did Beethoven really write that cadenza? Not on the evidence of this recording. Equally, the performance of the great K 467 - the apotheosis of C Major as a key - might appeal to those who enjoy Dominos pizzas in all their glory.
Christian Zacharias, presiding over a diet-BRSO, has clearly been bitten by a period-practice Nosferatu. His transformation into one of the Undead is cause for lament.
I urge our young friend to live life to the full before he tries his well-moisturised hands at Mozart again. Avoiding the Undead would be a good place to start. And what of the cherry? Trust me: the Australian Kna Association is not for the faint of heart or pharisaic wowsers. Our next meeting will occur at Bangkok Betty's Maximum Stress Relief Centre. Jan - join us!
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Initial post: 7 May 2014 18:43:22 BDT
Ralf Walther says:
Bernard, sagaciousness delivered with raffish, crude scurrility--my kind of fun reading. By the way, would you please provide me your go-to 466 and 491? Don't believe I've encountered this in your reviews. One day I hope to bless my bookshelf with your full canon.
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