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This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
Piano Concerto No. 20
Michael Rische (pn); Howard Griffiths, cond; Cologne West German RSO
9006 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 55:45)
Cadenzas by Rische,
Busoni, Brahms, C. Schumann, Hummel, F. X. W. Mozart, Beethoven
First of all, this is an extremely mild-mannered rendition of the famous Concerto in D Minor, which has been played more dramatically by dozens of pianists, including Schnabel and Rubinstein, to go way back. That might hardly be the point of this recording, for after playing through the piece with his own startlingly un-Mozartian cadenzas, Michael Rische plays four different cadenzas for each of the two movements in which they appear. In the recording, the cadenzas and coda are given a separate index point, so, particularly if one were clever at programming one’s disc player, one could play this concerto with a variety of cadenzas, including the familiar ones by Beethoven. There is something to be learned here. I found it amusing that the longest cadenza by far was the one written for the Allegro by Brahms, the most bombastic was the one by Busoni, and the most lyrical was the one by Clara Schumann. So this is an intriguing project, if not the most vibrant recording of Mozart’s masterwork.
FANFARE: Michael Ullman
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Michael Rische (Piano)
Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria
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