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Mozart: Concertos For 2 & 3 Pianos, Concert Rondos / Kocsis, Ranki, Schiff


Release Date: 02/26/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94499  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dezsö RánkiZoltán KocsisFerenc RadosAndrás Schiff,   ... 
Conductor:  János FerencsikKurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State OrchestraDresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Focus your attention first on the featured soloists’ lively interplay and frisky energy throughout the concerto for two pianos. It makes for infectious listening. The soloists, Zoltán Kocsis and Dezsó Ránki, are further graced by sturdy, sympathetic orchestral support, with plenty of detail to satisfy the fussiest Mozartean palette (the lovely wind solos, the perfectly voiced string pizzicato accompaniments in the first movement). Then notice the 1972 recording date. Barely out of their teens, Kocsis and Ránki already were world-class pianists. So was a 19-year-old hotshot named András Schiff, who makes the most out of the third piano’s admittedly limited contributions in the F major concerto.
Read more /> Performance-wise, the solo C major K. 246 proves this disc’s weak link, due to the Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra’s scrawny string tone and inconsistent intonation, plus Frigyes Sándor’s solid but comparatively ordinary pianism, next to, say Kempff’s refined, inwardly sculpted account (DG), or the spirited, audacious Zitterbart/Fey collaboration (Hänssler). While the masterly and mature Perahia/Lupu Mozart Two-Piano Concerto still tops my reference list, consider Kocsis and Ránki as well.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing the original release of this recording, Hungaroton 32046 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 2 Pianos in E flat major, K 365 (316a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dezsö Ránki (Piano), Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Conductor:  János Ferencsik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
2.
Concerto for 3 Pianos in F major, K 242 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ferenc Rados (Piano), Zoltán Kocsis (Piano), Dezsö Ránki (Piano),
András Schiff (Piano)
Conductor:  János Ferencsik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
3.
Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D major, K 382 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Annerose Schmidt (Piano)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in A major, K 386 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Annerose Schmidt (Piano)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 

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