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Mozart: Piano Concertos No 21 & 12 / Lupu, Segal, English Co

Release Date: 10/26/2007 
Label:  London/Decca Jubilee Catalog #: 417773   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Radu Lupu
Conductor:  Uri Segal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Radu Lupu's first Mozart record is a very good one and must take a place among the best records of Mozart concertos to have appeared in recent years. The ECO and Uri Segal are strong in support but the record is really Lupu's, I think, with the performances taking on a keener edge when he holds the scene. There is not quite the degree of integration between piano and orchestra in the C major Concerto that made Barenboim's account of it so remarkable, and while I'm not suggesting that Segal provides a mere accompaniment it cannot be claimed that he generates what was a special joy of the Barenboim record: a phenomenally communicative air of concerted music-making. But I find plenty to admire, in the C major Concerto especially. There Read more is character, a fine ear for balance, good rhythm; all those, as well as special distinction in the attention to the flux of tensions in the slow movement, and to the background of march-like elements in the first movement which unify the glorious variety of the foreground. In the finale there is perhaps some slackening of the initial tempo and generally less interpretative tidiness. Good orchestral playing throughout both concertos and clear, warm recorded sound, with the woodwind well forward in the balance.

Lupu's playing lacks nothing, to my mind, unless I suggest that he might have permitted himself a slightly wider range of dynamics, particularly in the earlier work. His taste is exquisite. So is his technical polish. Some people might prefer a more assertive way of playing Mozart, as Barenboim's is, with bigger moments (and more of them), but you may agree that a phrase or two establishes that Lupu has understood the world of these concertos and that there is no lack of characterisation. The intensity of some of the passions may have been curbed to fit a formal, classical style of expression, but in a way that makes them all the more telling. And they have nonetheless been felt: there is nothing here that is cold or mechanical, or even merely elegant. Best of all, the playing is vividly articulate: aptly weighted, justly accented, and as vocal in feeling as one might say the music is vocal in inspiration." -- S.P., Gramophone [3/1975]
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 12 in A major, K 414 (385p) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Radu Lupu (Piano)
Conductor:  Uri Segal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Radu Lupu (Piano)
Conductor:  Uri Segal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 

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