MOZART Piano Concertos: No. 17 in G; No. 9 in E?, “Jeunehomme” • Matthias Kirschnereit (pn); Frank Beermann, cond; Bamberg SO • ARTE NOVA 640080 (61:32)
This is the seventh volume, and one of the most satisfying, of the projected complete Mozart piano concertos by Matthias Kirschnereit and Frank Beermann, accomplished musicians who play Mozart briskly and efficiently, yet with considerable charm. I have praised earlier volumes, though it also seemed to me that in K 467, for example,Read more these forces don’t evoke the pathos and tension of the music as well as my absolute favorites, Schnabel among them. If I don’t hear such perhaps imagined shortcomings here, it is because the music, while deeply personal—who else could have written these concertos?—is less wrenching. Others may disagree, especially when listening to the Andante of K 453. This movement has fascinated commentators. Einstein said it oscillated between a concealed smile and concealed mourning, whereas Girdlestone says that the preponderance of wind parts makes the movement “bright and melancholy.” Those wind parts are played beautifully here, as Kirschnereit enters into what sounds like a charmed conversation. The playing throughout is unsentimental, yet in its restrained way warm. The recorded sound is lovely.
Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Performer:
Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria