This is a recording of two great Mozart concerti, the c-minor (#24) and c-major (#25) by my favorite interpreters of this repertory, Andras Schiff and the Camerata Academica led by Sandor Vegh. Schiff and Vegh are just excellent in this core repertory. They take an approach that emphasizes the dramatic interplay of different instruments, with voice leading, exchanges and changes in rhythm, harmony and meter. Some superb examples include simply brilliant readings of the famous G-major concerto (#17) and the final B-flat concerto (#27), which are elsewhere in this Decca series.
This disc, while good, is unfortunately not quite on the level of their other efforts. The problem is a sluggish orchestral approach to the 25th concerto (k. 503). Vegh usually makes the music come alive but here there is a lack of sparkle and vitality and the orchestra doesn't sound as polished as usual. Schiff plays excellently through this, but it isn't quite enough. Too bad, because I very much like this incredible piece.
I am very familiar with the c-minor concerto and found this performance to be riveting although unusual. The concerto is probably the ultimate example of "Sturm und drang" (storm and stress), but Schiff and Vegh underplay that aspect, taking a calmer, even more cerebral approach. That sounds dull, but the result is anything but. Vegh as usual is very interested in the counterpoint and interplay of instruments and it is brought together in a smooth, beguiling rendition that any fan of this piece will find rewarding.
The realization of long, complex pieces is a mystery. For all I know, Vegh and his orchestra for whatever reason had a bad day when they recorded the C-major concerto. We'll never know.
I found the recorded sound to be mediocre, which doesn't help. Anyway, four stars for a somewhat subpar effort by an exceptional group of performers.
Mozart:Piano Concertos 24 & 25
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 梱包サイズ : 14.09 x 12.63 x 1.37 cm; 113.4 g
- メーカー : Polygram Records
- EAN : 0028942579125
- 製造元リファレンス : MFR028942579125#VG
- レーベル : Polygram Records
- ASIN : B00000E45O
- ディスク枚数 : 1
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