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Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 21 / Jan Lisiecki, Christian Zacharias, Bayerischen Rundfunks


Release Date: 01/22/2013 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001688802  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jan Lisiecki
Conductor:  Christian Zacharias
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Deutsche Grammophon label has offered a series of teenage prodigies, not all of whom have lived up to their billing. This release by Polish-born Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki, just 17 and looking not entirely unlike Justin Bieber, may make a bigger splash than most. You might guess from the sheer daring of the interpretations, especially that of the Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, that you were dealing with extreme youth here, but no insufficiency of technique or tone gives it away. The Piano Concerto No. 20 is really impressive. Lisiecki and conductor Christian Zacharias, leading the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, set out to create a real old-school recording of this most stormy of Mozart's concertos, and they succeed in Read more forging something that's quite detailed and coherently worked out. It might also be called over the top, but that's something to be decided by the individual listener Lisiecki deploys a big sound, and he and Zacharias add on tempo variations, ornaments, and sudden dramatic gestures, topping the whole thing off with Beethoven's underutilized cadenza for the first movement. It's sort of as if one of the big Russian-schooled pianists of the middle part of the last century had decided to record the work with Leopold Stokowski as conductor, and Zacharias' contribution is key: he ruffles the orchestra's strings into spiky little attacks. In the Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467, they are not quite as distinctive, but the breadth and control of Lisiecki's playing is nevertheless impressive, and in a world in which young students are disinclined to take chances he deserves all kinds of credit.

– James Manheim, All Music Guide

"Lisiecki has found the key to successful Mozart playing and seems to channel Mozart’s exuberance, humor, and singing voice." – The Whole Note Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jan Lisiecki (Piano)
Conductor:  Christian Zacharias
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
2. Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jan Lisiecki (Piano)
Conductor:  Christian Zacharias
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Sorry to be a killjoy October 3, 2013 By Mary Lynn H. (SAN ANTONIO, TX) See All My Reviews "The playing is good but there are better performances. What bothers me is that this is a very bright recording with a lot sibilance. It's probably not as well recorded as it could have been." Report Abuse
 Simply put...marvelous ! April 6, 2013 By Darold Coelho (San Jose, CA) See All My Reviews "Not being a musician but a lover and appreciater of classical music since my college days, I was really delighted, not only by these two Mozart piano cocertos, but above all, by the magnificent performance of this wonderful young man Jan Lisiecki. Yes indeed...simply marvelous. I play this recording often at home and in my car. Looking forward to buying his future works. Thank you Jan and God bless you always and in all ways." Report Abuse
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