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Mozart & Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos / Ciccolini, Nezet-Seguin, London Philharmonic

Release Date: 03/02/2018 
Label:  Lpo   Catalog #: 102  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartSergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Taken from the LPO’s final concerts with the late Aldo Ciccolini (1925–2015), when he was in his mid-eighties, these performances were much praised at the time. Most notably for Ciccolini’s soulful and sensitive interpretation that was ‘illuminated from within and sounded fresh, spontaneous and heartfelt’ (Classical Source, May 2009). Aldo Ciccolini was a musical legend. Through his teachers he inherited the musical influences of Busoni and Liszt, and he was himself a teacher of many world-famous pianists including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Artur Pizarro and Nicholas Angelich. These live recordings were conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin while he was Principal Guest Conductor (2008–14) and his close relationship with the Orchestra Read more is apparent. Mozart’s Piano Concerto marked a shift in tone towards a new, more mature style for the composer. He helped to redefine the piano concerto as a sophisticated and expressive artform, rather than a form of polite public entertainment. Rachmaninoff poured his heart and soul into his Second Piano Concerto, and with it created one of the most beloved works of all time. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Aldo & Yannick double down March 2, 2018 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "These two recordings were made during Yannick Nezet-Seguin's tenure as the LPO's Principal Guest Conductor, before Aldo Ciccolini's death in 2015. The Rachmaninov is from 2009, while the Mozart dates from 2011. These are fascinating performances, with one master at the end of a glittering career and the other at the beginning of his. The Rachmaninov is bright and brash and lush, but also tender and lyrical. I don't think a Romantic concerto could be more beautifully played by an orchestra than what we hear from the LPO musicians. They have the measure of this music, and the producers and engineers have come through with marvellous sound from the live recording in Royal Festival Hall. Romantic Rachmaninov is almost a redundant phrase, but Romantic Mozart approaches the oxymoronic in these Historically Informed Performance days. From its portentiously measured beginning to Ciccolini's incautious rubato to Nezet-Seguin's great swells from the strings, this is Mozart according to the Old Rites of the early days of recording. To be sure, the D minor concerto of 1785 points the way to Don Giovanni and the Requiem, and also to Beethoven, whose favourite Mozart concerto it was. My measured response? This Mozart is old fashioned and anachronistic, but within its own sound world, gorgeously played. It's inappropriately beautiful." Report Abuse
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