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3.0 out of 5 stars Tries too hard..., 27 Sep 2004
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This review is from: Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos (Audio CD)
The importance of Mozart's Piano Concertos to the Classical era is well known, and in this case, perhaps too well known. Barenboim tries very hard to make the performances musical, and this can be heard very clearly.
He does not place enough faith in Mozart as a composer to include all the required flourishes. This leaves the music feeling stressed and cluttered. There are also times when Barenboim seems reluctant to flow with the orchestra, playing a staccato left-hand where most other performers would play smoothly and softly. Some may say it is these strange choices that distinguish this recording. Truthfully, it spoils it.
However, there are moments when we hear exactly why Barenboim is such a respected pianist. And it is these triumphs that make up for the detail lost in his playing.
Overall, the quality of performance is inconsistent, but Barenboim does give something to the music that other performers are too scared to do. It is also nice that many of Mozart's original cadenza's are included.
I recommend Derek Han's recording, as it provides a good balance of faith and originality.
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In reply to an earlier post on 18 Mar 2012 16:56:58 GMT
This is great music and there are many ways to approach these marvelous concertos. I have lived with these recordings for 30 or so years and have derived much pleasure from them. That said, Barenboim has a rather romantic view of the music. This is Mozart as viewed from the standpoint of Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms among composers and Klemperer, Karajan and Solti among conductors. Some of the cadenzas are stunning especially in number 25. This set is a marvelous bargain but I would also get Mozart
concertos by Brendel, Perahia as well as by Curzon.
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