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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20, 23, 24, 26 & 27 - Curzon, Britten, Kertesz, London Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra (2 CDs)

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20, 23, 24, 26 & 27 - Curzon, Britten, Kertesz, London Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra (2 CDs)

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“In a list of all-time best recordings of Mozart piano concertos these should have a place. The balances of piano with orchestra are just right, and the sound has come up freshly on CD, with clarity and a nicely truthful character. In the No 24 the wind isn't as forward as recordings favour these days, but from the LSO as distinguished soloists and as a wind chorus their contributions tell. Kertész gives Curzon nicely judged support: it sets him off, in a frame, even if it does appear a mite neutral at times and strangely limp in the presentation of the variation theme at the start of the finale of the C minor Concerto. These days, some people might consider the interpretations dated, or unreconstructed. Curzon doesn't decorate the bare, leaping intervals at the close of the slow movement of K488, and he's restrained too in the C minor. But the performances seem to be beyond fashion.
The slow movements are especially fine. In the Larghetto of No 24, unfolding at an ideal tempo, Curzon gives the impression of walking while he speaks to us. The gravity of the F sharp minor Adagio of No 23 is a different thing; but there, again, he's unaffected and completely unsentimental, direct in manner even while projecting the deepest feeling. He reminds us that the best interpreters do not impose but find a way of letting the music speak through them.”

Mozart:
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466
English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595
English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten
Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K537 'Coronation'
London Symphony Orchestra, Istvan Kertesz
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488
London Symphony Orchestra, Istvan Kertesz
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491
London Symphony Orchestra, Istvan Kertesz


Clifford Curzon (piano)