Notes and Editorial Reviews
Piano Concertos: No. 24 in c; No. 27 in B?.
Variations on Sarti’s “Come on agnello”
Alessio Bax (pn); Simon Over, cond; Southbank Snf
SIGNUM 321 (73:21)
I came to this recording, by a fine pianist, Alessio Bax, from listening to a period-instrument recording of Mozart. Perhaps that is why my first impression of the performance was of its weightiness. That is not necessarily a bad thing when one is talking about the dramatic minor key concerto (No. 24). Nonetheless,
after Bax states the theme of the beginning of the second movement with exquisite delicacy and grace, that grace and delicacy are unfortunately not matched by the heavy-handed entrance of the orchestra. I started thinking about what someone like Colin Davis would have done at those moments. I am not even sure it is the conductor’s problem, however. The orchestra is recorded throughout in a forward way with little sense of space. Perhaps I am making too much of minor faults, of those moments in most performances when one wishes something a little bit different. Bax is an enterprising young pianist who has recorded Rachmaninoff and now turns to his first love in music, Mozart. (As a child, he said he re-arranged Concerto No. 21 for two string playing members of his family and himself.) Though there are many alternatives to these performances, including the often forgotten Clifford Curzon recordings, these are fine presentations in their own right. The little
piece that is added on is a welcome bonus.
FANFARE: Michael Ullman
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Alessio Bax (Piano)
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria
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