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Mozart: Music For Two Pianos / Zaidee Parkinson, Earl Wild

Wild/Parkinson
Release Date: 09/19/2006 
Label:  Ivory Classics   Catalog #: 76002   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Zaidee ParkinsonEarl Wild
Conductor:  Richard DufalloRichard Duffalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Performances of energy, drama and enjoyable finesse.

One of the latest in Ivory’s enticing Earl Wild reissue series returns this ex-RCA (originally a 2 LP) Mozart disc to the catalogue. It was recorded in London, at the Kingsway Hall, in August 1975 and teamed Wild with the young Zaidee Parkinson, who was at the time married to the conductor of K365, Richard Dufallo.

Dufallo is better known as a modern music maven and Wild is not especially known for his Mozart so the sessions could have been hazardous stylistically. In the event they turned out well. The Concerto was once famously recorded by those titans of the keyboard Emil Gilels and Yakov Zak with the USSR State Orchestra under Kirill Kondrashin, a
Read more recording now restored on APR 5664 Early post-war vintage it may have been, with correspondingly dodgy sonics, but it was a reading of tremendous personality and strength with some astoundingly entertaining and anonymous cadenzas. One shouldn’t expect the Wild-Parkinson-Dufallo triumvirate to replicate the ethos of that reading of course; theirs is an altogether more genial performance though the conductor does tend to favour some acerbic string tone from the National Philharmonic Orchestra, an ad-hoc band that could turn on sumptuous heft when required, as other recordings have shown.

The slightly brittle sound contrasts rather productively with the two soloists’ congenial, vital and imaginative duo playing. Ensemble is fine, the slow movement is poetically inflected and well coloured and all concerned take an energetic tempo in the finale.

The two sonatas fare attractively as well. K497 sports a very slow Adagio introduction and there’s plenty of limpid refinement in the Andante. The companion work in D major, K448, is the more exuberant, though controlled with intelligence and finely honed architectural principles. The central movement is spun with elegant restraint and by the time we reach the finale things are ready to rip. They set a very challenging tempo – agreed it’s an Allegro molto, but this really is molto with a vengeance.

The sound varies between performances and Ivory hasn’t been able to deal with some of the high level hiss and, elsewhere, a certain dullness; it’s a demerit certainly but I don’t think it will interfere drastically in appreciating performances of energy, drama and enjoyable finesse.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for 2 Pianos in E flat major, K 365 (316a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Zaidee Parkinson (Piano), Earl Wild (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Dufallo,  Richard Duffalo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 24 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Piano 4 hands in F major, K 497 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano), Zaidee Parkinson (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 23 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3. Sonata for 2 Pianos in D major, K 448 (375a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano), Zaidee Parkinson (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 39 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Concerto for 2 Pianos in E flat major, K. 365: I. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Pianos in E flat major, K. 365: II. Andante
Concerto for 2 Pianos in E flat major, K. 365: III. Rondo: Allegro
Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in F major, K. 497: I. Adagio - Allegro di molto
Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in F major, K. 497: II. Andante
Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in F major, K. 497: III. Allegro
Sonata for 2 Pianos in D major, K. 448: I. Allegro con spirito
Sonata for 2 Pianos in D major, K. 448: II. Andante
Sonata for 2 Pianos in D major, K. 448: III. Molto allegro

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