Audio Beat Rated 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sound!
Ferenc Fricsay conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring pianist
Clara Haskil performing Mozart's Piano Concertos Nos. 19 and 27.
In spite of the varying degrees of popularity of Mozart’s numerous piano
concertos, no one would seriously consider ranking them by quality. It would
certainly prove an impossible task, for each and every one of these intense yet
often playful compositions could be considered the most perfect of its genre. In
view of this, one should concentrate on each work’s highly individual character
and this can hardly be more contrasting than in the present two pieces. Thanks
to the joyous, energetic disposition of No. 19 in F major, K. 259, it appears to
be filled with the exuberant spirit of Mozart’s Viennese period – a time when he
amazed audiences with his dexterity at the keyboard. As a contrast, the mood of
the late No. 27 in B flat major, K. 595, which was performed in a small circle,
is introvert and mellow. The old adage that Mozart’s final concerto was a
gesture of farewell and filled with a premonition of death is certainly not
substantiated by Haskil and Fricsay’s performance. Through the subtle and
flowing clarity of her piano part under the tense and elastic opposition of the
orchestra, the soloist banishes the question of the end of time into the
background and so pays hommage to the relaxed and self-assured mastery of the
"This reissue gives us a glimpse of the purity of tone and the precise phrasing that were hallmarks of Clara Haskil's playing, a style lost too soon in 1965, when Haskil sustained critical injuries in a fall from a train. Her friend Charlie Chaplin considered her genius on par with Albert Einstein's and Winston Churchill's." - John Crossett, www.theaudiobeat.com, 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sound!
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Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Ferenc Fricsay, conductor
Clara Haskil, piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major
3. Allegro assai
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat Major
Recorded September 1955 at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, by Harald Baudis and
May 1957 at Herkules Saal, Munich by Werner Wolf.