Monday, July 2, 2012

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 19 & 23

“Grimaud's playing is full of carefully graded subtleties: it's evident she has thought deeply about each gesture, yet the resulting performance sounds fresh and spontaneous...Erdmann has a lovely, supple, warm soprano but she could do with more steel in the voice for this dramatic music. The conductorless chamber orchestra is impressive. Grimaud takes great care to desentimentalise the music and make it, in her own words, 'weightless'” --Classic FM Magazine, March 2012 ****

“[Erdmann] characterises her role with both tenderness and fervour. This track and the slow movement of K488 are worthy of full attention.” --Gramophone Magazine, February 2012

“[the orchestra] plays with exemplary precision and clarity, with especially remarkable virtuosity coming from the winds...Grimaud's playing is always fleet, alert and musical, but the recorded piano sound is often too bright...Erdmann projects the ardent sentiments of the text strongly” --International Record Review, January 2012

“the performances are spontaneous and muscular, to a degree indeed that won’t be to every taste. Busoni’s cadenza duly pops up: I can see why it ruffled Abbado’s feathers” --The Times, 25th November 2011

“There is no question that the music emerges vibrantly energetic. But those listeners accustomed to thinking fine Mozart playing permits the subtle play of emotions across a poised surface will probably find that Grimaud runs roughshod over some delicious details...[the concert aria] is played and sung (by soprano Mojca Erdmann) with commendably considered eloquence.” --BBC Music Magazine, March 2012 **

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