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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 20 & 24 / Haskil, Markevitch


Release Date: 12/29/2009 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 412254   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clara Haskil
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Today's personality-cult pianists could, if they chose, learn a tremendous amount from these performances. Clara Haskil's 1960 Paris recordings of Mozart's two minor-key piano concertos, Nos. 20 (D minor) and 24 (C minor), have patrician nobility with no scene-stealing heroics...

The stylistic purity and sobriety of Haskil's playing is reminiscent of Rudolf Serkin's--a fact that's easily explained when you realize that both artists received their early training in Vienna under Richard Robert. After 1905, Haskil became a student of Alfred Cortot in Paris, yet surprisingly little of his influence seems to inform her Mozart performances, except perhaps for a sense of line and fluidity in the slow movements of the works on
Read more this disc. The D minor concerto requires neither pathos nor rhetoric to make its point. Haskil brings to it a firmer resolve than you might expect, and the implacable grandeur of her reading (she plays her own fine cadenza in the first movement) is sustained by her iron grip on rhythm and structure. Something of Cortot's finely cultured liquidity informs her reading of the slow movement, but the electric tension of the finale is often worryingly at variance with the visual image of this performer (small, grey, and over-modest) that still persists.

The C minor concerto also has exemplary cohesion (cadenzas are by Haskil and Nikita Magaloff) and again, a sense of honesty and integrity combined with fine, fastidiously controlled pianism. The variation finale proves fascinating...Piano enthusiasts will find this an essential purchase."

--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clara Haskil (Piano)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
2. Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clara Haskil (Piano)
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Clarity, Clarity, Clarity, Rhythm, Rhythm, Rhythm June 5, 2013 By Daniel McGarigle (El Segundo, CA) See All My Reviews "I had never heard Clara Haskil play anything until I was 69 years old. Until then Mozart existed in my mind and my dreams. Now I have heard Mozart in my ears, and now my mind and my dreams are all the better because of Clara Haskil. Tragically she died weeks later after a fall at age 66. (Note: Timpani in 1960 used calf skin heads which sound much fuller, thicker, richer and wider (and are much more temperamental) than the more familiar thinner-sound of plastic heads commonly heard after the mid 1960's. It's not the timpanist but the timpani that give the rich sound heard in these recordings." Report Abuse
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