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Mozart: Piano Concerto No 15, 23 & 24 / Solomon, Ackermann


Release Date: 11/13/2001 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1222   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Solomon
Conductor:  Otto AckermannHerbert Menges
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Paul Bailey's Testament transfers of the three Mozart concertos Solomon recorded in the early 1950s boast a tonal richness and ambient bloom that supercedes EMI's 1991 editions of the same performances. In fact, the sound improves to the point where details of color and inflection within the pianist's downscaled dynamic parameters are unmasked to revelatory effect. In the final statement of K. 450's third-movement main theme, I've never been so aware of Solomon's deftly varied articulation, nor how tellingly he voices the piano's accompaniment patterns so that Mozart's wonderfully built-up horn writing gets its due. Under Otto Ackermann's sympathetic leadership, the Philharmonia Orchestra's robust woodwinds and sweetly singing strings are Read more captured in excellently balanced sonics for their vintage.


Solomon and Walter Gieseking both recorded the K. 488 and K. 491 concertos for EMI around the same time. Of the two, I lean toward Solomon's more firmly etched yet similarly rippling, jewel-like passagework. In the C minor concerto, Solomon plays Saint-Saëns' flashy yet effective cadenza while Gieseking takes on the more stylish Hummel option. Herbert Menges uncovers important woodwind details in the A major concerto that Herbert von Karajan (for Gieseking) glosses over, such as the slow movement's plaintive bassoon commentaries. If you love Solomon, you'll surely want this disc.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 15 in B flat major, K 450 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Solomon (Piano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Solomon (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert Menges
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Solomon (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert Menges
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 

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