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Expanded Edition - Mozart: Piano Concertos 19 & 20 / Serkin


Release Date: 02/24/2004 
Label:  Sony Classical Masterworks Catalog #: 93074   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin
Conductor:  George SzellAlexander Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These classic performances deserve the respect accorded them for nearly half a century. Rudolf Serkin is a model Mozart pianist, not just with respect to the taste and virtuosity of his playing, but also in his understanding of how best to relate to his musical surroundings in a true chamber music give-and-take with the orchestra. You can hear this very clearly in the finale of Piano Concerto No. 19, where piano and winds play cat and mouse games with the more serious strings, or in Serkin's dramatic interventions in the first movement of Concerto No. 20. And of course, Szell's contribution is every bit as commanding and polished, tightly controlled as may be expected but never stiff or mechanical. Sonically these recordings are dated, no Read more doubt about it, but never to the point where the sonics get in the way, and the balances are excellent. This "expanded edition" also includes an equally fine account of the Concert Rondo K. 382, a most welcome bonus. First rate. [7/19/2004]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D major, K 382 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Conductor:  Alexander Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Romance
III. Rondo. Allegro assai
Concert Rondo in D Major for Piano and Orchestra, KV. 382

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