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Mozart: Concertos No 22 & 25 / David Fray, Jaap Van Zweden, Philharmonia Orchestra

Release Date: 06/07/2011 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 41964  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Fray
Conductor:  Jaap Van Zweden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

David Fray – named Instrumentalist of the Year in France’s Victoires de la Musique 2010 – retains his focus on Austro-German repertoire with this DVD of concertos for Virgin Classics: Mozart’s Concertos Nos. 22 and 25 with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra under Dutch violinist-turned-conductor (and Music Director of the Dallas Symphony), Jaap van Zweden.

Fray’s last release was a solo programme of Schubert, a figure who embodies the transition to Romanticism from the Classicism of Mozart, a fellow Austrian. The recital was praised by the critics for its distinctive and many-layered interpretation: “No Schubert-lover should miss this piano recital by David Fray,” urged the BBC Music Magazine, while The Sunday Times felt that:
Read more “These are wonderful performances by the young French pianist David Fray, a player with a beautiful touch and the finest control of dynamics and chording ... By taking his time, without ever weakening the music’s inexorable momentum, Fray fills every note with meaning, in such a way that we feel intensely each mercurial change of mood and colour and texture, relish Schubert’s astonishing harmonic invention to the full, and relive the heartbreak, the ferocity, the elation, the visionary flights of these inexhaustible works.” The Guardian was enthused by “the sheer lucidity and polish of Fray's playing, its exceptional command of colour and touch, and the way he invariably uses that range of sound to point up musical structures in a meaningful way … pianism of the highest class.”

In an interview with the French magazine Classica, Fray expressed his seriousness of purpose in music-making: “It is possible to obtain an infinite range of gradations with difference types of touch, though how they are achieved remains something of a mystery. You don’t know quite how you are doing it, but you have the impression of walking at the edge of a precipice … I can weight a five-part chord in a thousand different ways, but it mustn’t become a matter of demonstrating technical mastery.”
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major, K 482 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Fray (Piano)
Conductor:  Jaap Van Zweden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Fray (Piano)
Conductor:  Jaap Van Zweden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 

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