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Mozart, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Kissin, Davis, LSO


Release Date: 08/28/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 82879   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert SchumannWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.

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"If you accept a Romantically conceived approach . . . this is a powerful performance of one of Mozart's most turbulent works. Exploiting a prodigious range of colour and dynamics, Kissin sometimes seems to be conjuring a one-man orchestra. He is a tactful accompanist, too, in Mozart's serenading woodwind episodes (wonderfully realised by the LSO players)." -- Richard Wigmore, telegraph.co.uk

"Recorded late September 2006 at Barbican Hall, London, these two concertos featuring Evgeny Kissin may be taken as marks of his musical maturity . . . . Kissin supplies his own cadenzas for the
Read more Mozart, the first carefully outlining the ritornello theme while adding runs and fioritura that coalesce effortlessly into the coda. . . . Deftly seamless, the performance captures the tragic impulse in Mozart without mannerism; in fact, the happy realization of principles may become the preferred, contemporary version for many a Mozartean. The poetic principle ranges freely in Kissin’s collaboration of the familiar Schumann Concerto, where each successive, dreamlike theme repeats as the first movement wends its ineluctable course -- limpid, graceful, and supple. . . . Collectors might re-hear their old Gieseking or Lipatti/Karajan collaboration as precedents for the aural delicacies delivered in this charmed version. . . . A palpable joie de vivre infiltrates the performance, hearty and thoroughly idiomatic of the Schumann style -- buoyant, light, and eminently singing in character." -- Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2006 
Venue:  Live  Barbican Hall, London, England 
Length: 32 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2006 
Venue:  Live  Barbican Hall, London, England 
Length: 30 Minutes 9 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor K.491 (Cadenzas are by Kissin): Allegro
Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor K.491 (Cadenzas are by Kissin): Larghetto
Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor K.491 (Cadenzas are by Kissin): Allegretto
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54: Allegro affetuoso
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54: Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54: Allegro Vivace

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