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Christian Zacharias, as a Mozart interpreter, is right up there with Brendel and Perahia in my book. In fact, I find his Mozart a bit brighter and more subtle than either of these august performers. Why Zacharias isn’t better known in America is a mystery, because he has everything. He possesses in abundance taste, authority, and tremendous charm. I heard him play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 years ago in New York and rate that performance as the greatest Mozart - playing I have ever heard live — or expect to hear for a long time. These performances of, what are perhaps Mozart’s greatest sonatas couldn’t be more satisfying. They have clarity, grace, conviction, and a tremendous technique that never calls attention to itself. However,
their greatest charm is that they sound utterly natural. It’s a classic case of what Pope characterized as artless art. In this regard, Zacharias’s reminds me of Rubinstein’s Mozart in its seeming casualness. But that’s what beguiles me in these delightful performances. Highly recommended.
--Patrick Meanor, FANFARE
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