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Primakov Plays Mozart Concertos

Mozart / Primakov / Odense So / Yoo
Release Date: 06/08/2010 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9328  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vassily Primakov
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odense Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Piano Concertos: No. 24 in c; No. 25 in C; No. 26 in D; No. 27 in B? Vassily Primakov (pn); Scott Yoo, cond; Odense SO BRIDGE 9328A/B (2 CDs: 126:40)


Decades ago, pianists used to play Mozart the way people handle china, delicately as if it could be broken. At first I was afraid that that was Primakov’s approach, but I have been won over by the precision, balance, and nuances of his playing of these late piano concertos. Listening to the “Coronation” Concerto, I hear beautifully shaped phrases made Read more intimate by the precise dynamics of the pianist and by the sympathetic accompaniment by Scott Yoo and the Odense Symphony Orchestra. (Primakov plays the lively cadenza by Wanda Landowska.) As a result, the tender conversation between piano and orchestra in the first movement of K 595 sounds more loving than competitive. It helps that these performance are warmly recorded. Only once, in the beginning of the third movement of K 491, did I wish for a little more tension coming from the orchestra, and I found the slow movement of K 595 daringly slow. Nonetheless, this is a distinguished set of Mozart concertos. Of course, this being Mozart, there is plenty of competition. Clifford Curzon has recorded three of these concertos with Benjamin Britten in performances that will always be among my favorites, as will Leon Fleisher’s recording of K 503 with George Szell. Maria Pires’s recording of the “Coronation” Concerto should be heard, as should all the recordings of Buchbinder and Perahia. The recordings of these concertos by Alicia de Larrocha are about to be reissued. This set will take its place among that distinguished company.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vassily Primakov (Piano)
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odense Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vassily Primakov (Piano), Vassily Primakov (Piano)
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odense Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 26 in D major, K 537 "Coronation" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vassily Primakov (Piano), Vassily Primakov (Piano)
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odense Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vassily Primakov (Piano)
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odense Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 

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