Notes and Editorial Reviews
Combining the intimacy of a string quintet with the power of an orchestral piece, these chamber versions of Mozart's piano concertos were re-scored by the composer so they would be performed in smaller settings, hopefully earning him some money in the process. Every musical line is clear cut and clean, forcing us to listen afresh to the refined conversation between the string instruments and the crisp piano lines.A must-listen for even the most avid of Mozart fans, who are bound to be surprised by the reinvention of these well-known pieces.
- CLassic FM
Fialkowska’s treatment is crystalline and unsentimentalised, lending the music a spontaneous fluency that is invigorating!
- Financial Times
Janina Fialkowka has built her career on finding this elusive balance between power and lyricism — and I wonder if she has ever sounded finer than in this new album. The pianist’s fingers produce a pearly sound that is clear and present, yet never strident or monotonous. Her pacing and phrasing are superb — the music has movement but it’s never rushed. Exceptional performances like these have always been rare, so grab an album and enjoy.
- Musical Toronto Based in Ottawa, The Chamber Players of Canada is a group made up of some of the best musicians from across Canada. The Chamber Players vary in size for concerts, recording, and touring, and have performed a wide range of music from the great masterpieces of the 18th and 19th centuries to some of the most exciting chamber music works of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Recently awarded Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Performing Arts Award 2012 for lifetime Achievement in Classical Music, pianist Janina Fialkowska presents her second Mozart CD on ATMA with two infrequently-heard concertos in a chamber version from Mozart’s tremendous output of 27 piano concertos. Two of Mozart’s best-known works, Eine kleine Nachtmusic arranged for string quintet and Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, maman"; for solo piano are also included. Read less
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