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Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 & 23 / Serkin, Abbado, LSO


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 410068   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The partnership of Serkin and Abbado in Mozart is a fascinating one. They are such different musical personalities, yet they work remarkably well together, so that each performance becomes an artistic amalgam of two quite different artistic approaches. Abbado matches a natural spontaneous warmth (listen to the beguiling way the orchestra shapes the secondary theme in the first movement of the A major Concerto) with the utmost refinement of detail; whereas Serkin, patrician, authoritative, strong, is more selfconsciously expressive when he deviates from a strictly rhythmic presentation of the melodic line in the same movement. The Adagio (of K488) shows the partnership at its most inspired, with music-making of memorable depth and eloquence Read more based on an approach of deceptive simplicity. The excellent woodwind balance, about which RG commented when reviewing the original LP, is highly telling here and the sound overall is of DO's finest, with lovely piano timbre and a well-integrated orchestral sound picture, nicely resonant (if not so sharply detailed internally as with Decca's finest Compact Discs).

Robin Golding found the performance of K467 "probably the more successful of the two", and indeed it is most impressive, but I enjoyed K488 even more for its greater warmth and spirited finale.

-- Gramophone [9/1983]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 

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