Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 11 & 20 (Serkin) 180g LP
High Quality Pure Analogue 180g Virgin Vinyl LP!
If you want to get to the bottom of the cheerfulness and gallantry in Mozart’s
oeuvre, you can do no better than taking as a contrast one of his compositions
that has always been described as gloomy and demonic.
Putting aside the often-cited vocal heavyweights such as "Don Giovanni" and
Requiem, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466 occupies a distinguished
position as a resonant counterpart to the charming music he wrote for social
occasions in that it takes on a new dimension in his instrumental music. The
choice of a minor key, unusual for a concerto, lends a dramatic tone to the
composition, whereby the soloist and orchestra engage with one another in sharp
contrast. Rudolf Serkin, one of the greatest interpreters of Mozart’s piano
works, allows the immense energy of this concerto to slip through his fingers
with due care. He battles his way through the weighty first movement with
enthusiasm and verve, lets his fingertips dance daintily through the cantilena
of the Romance, and then rousingly celebrates the passionate and fiery Finale
with a bell-like touch.
On the reverse side the Festival Orchestra rounds off this inspiring performance
with the filigree and charmingly effervescent Concerto in F major, K. 413 from
Mozart’s Viennese period – as cheerful as it is gallant.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from
the master tapes through to the cutting head.
• 180g High Quality Vinyl
• Pure Analogue
• AAA Recording
• Audiophile Mastering
• Recorded August 1957, Marlboro, VT
Rudolf Serkin, piano
Marlboro Festival Orchestra
Alexander Schneider, conductor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Concerto No. 20 for Piano and Orchestra in D minor, K. 466
III. Rondo; Allegro assai
Concerto No. 11 for Piano and Orchestra in F Major, K. 413
III. Tempo di Menuetto