Mozart - Concertos for Piano and Orchestra No. 20 and No. 21 - Friedrich Gulda - Claudio Abbado
Mozart - Concertos for Piano and Orchestra No. 20 and No. 21 - Friedrich Gulda - Claudio Abbado
Mozart - Concertos for Piano and Orchestra No. 20 and No. 21 - Friedrich Gulda - Claudio Abbado
Mozart - Concertos for Piano and Orchestra No. 20 and No. 21 - Friedrich Gulda - Claudio Abbado

Mozart - Concertos for Piano and Orchestra No. 20 and No. 21 - Friedrich Gulda - Claudio Abbado

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Concertos for Piano and Orchestra No. 20 in D minor (K. 466) and No. 21 in C major (K. 467)

Friedrich Gulda (piano) and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado

1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Pallas

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label : Deutsche Grammophon

Recording: September 1974 at Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, by Günter Hermanns

Production: Rainer Brock

Originally released in 1975

Reissued in Feb 2001

Tracks :

Side A : Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 20 in D Minor

                1. Allegro

                2. Romance

                3. Rondo

Side B : Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 21 in C Major, K. 467

                1. Allegro maestoso

                2. Andante

                3. Allegro vivace assai

Reviews :

Friedrich Gulda is known to all. He is the musical wizard with the embroidered cap, an artist who is equally at home in jazz, the Viennese lied, or the works of the Viennese Classic. Gulda might have only performed a small number of his Austrian compatriot?s 27 piano concerto ? but with these few he certainly created a sensation. That the present recording of the Concertos Nos. 20 and 21, even after 25 years, is still regarded as ranking among the very best performances is something that can be heard after just a few bars. The minor-key first movement of No. 20 begins with a measured tempo and precise articulation, then the piano joins in with almost sober clarity and proceeds to lead a concentrated, tightly enmeshed conversation with the orchestra.

The C major Concerto sparkles brightly with its thrilling, virtuoso part-writing and transparent, almost chamber-like instrumental ensemble. Details left only fleetingly touched and casual phrasing will be sought in vain in this highly analytical interpretation of Mozart?s musical intentions. The listener will do well here to forget the popular concept of a fun-loving, high-spirited Mozart and to recognize the ardent, passionate side of the composer.

Ratings :

Discogs  4,06 / 5  ,   Rate Your Music  3,99 / 5

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