Stereophile Recording of the Month, April 2011!
Five stars for Performance and Five stars for Sonics!
David Fray — named Instrumentalist of the Year in France’s Victoires de la
Musique 2010 — retains his focus on Austro- German repertoire with his second CD
of keyboard concertos for Virgin Classics, Mozart’s Concertos Nos. 22 and 25,
recorded with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra under Dutch
violinist-turned-conductor, Jaap van Zweden.
Fray’s last release was a solo program of Schubert keyboard works. The recital
was praised by critics for its distinctive and multi-layered interpretation by
various publications including BBC Magazine, who wrote that “No Schubert-lover
should miss this piano recital by David Fray.” The Sunday Times felt that:
“These are wonderful performances by the young French pianist David Fray, a
player with a beautiful touch and the finest control of dynamics and chording...
By taking his time, without ever weakening the music’s inexorable momentum, Fray
fills every note with meaning, in such a way that we feel intensely each
mercurial change of mood and color and texture, relish Schubert’s astonishing
harmonic invention to the full, and relive the
heartbreak, the ferocity, the elation, the visionary flights of these
inexhaustible works.” The Guardian was enthused by “the sheer lucidity and
polish of Fray’s playing, its exceptional command of color and touch, and the
way he invariably uses that range of sound to point up musical structures in a
meaningful way... pianism of the highest class.”
David Fray, piano
London Philharmonia Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat Major K.482
Piano Concert No. 25 in C Major, K.503
4. Allegro maestoso
Total playing time, 66.04