Piano Concertos 20/21/23/24/25
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|1. Piano Concerto No.21 In C Major, K467: I. Allegro maestoso|
|2. Piano Concerto No.21 In C Major, K467: II. Andante|
|3. Piano Concerto No.21 In C Major, K467: III. Allegro vivace assai|
|4. Piano Concerto No.24 In C Minor, K491: I. Allegro|
|5. Piano Concerto No.24 In C Minor, K491: II. Larghetto|
|6. Piano Concerto No.24 In C Minor, K491: III. Allegretto|
|7. Piano Concerto No.25 In C Major, K503: I. Allegro maestoso|
|1. Piano Concerto No.25 In C Major, K503: II. Andante|
|2. Piano Concerto No.25 In C Major, K503: III. Allegretto|
|3. Piano Concerto No.23 In A Major, K488: I. Allegro|
|4. Piano Concerto No.23 In A Major, K488: II. Adagio|
|5. Piano Concerto No.23 In A Major, K488: III. Allegro assai|
|6. Piano Concerto No.20 In D Minor, K466: I. Allegro|
|7. Piano Concerto No.20 In D Minor, K466: II. Romance|
|8. Piano Concerto No.20 In D Minor, K466: III. Rondo Allegro assai|
Decca has gotten around the perennial problem of filling Mozart Piano Concerto CDs by splitting No. 25 between two discs, giving us 155 minutes of Mozart for the price of a single top-line CD. The performances are top-line, too, if you like big-orchestra Mozart. Ashkenazy performs this music in a public, large-auditorium style, without the intimacy or niceties we hear from period instruments or from such pianists as Richard Goode and Mitsuko Uchida. His own cadenzas for three of the concertos are also very extroverted--and, alas, not very imaginative. Also, there are a few moments when the orchestra might have benefited from a firmer hand on the tiller than the pianist-conductor can provide. Overall, though, these are dramatic, involving Mozart performances, even if their style belongs more to the past than to the present. --Leslie Gerber
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The pianist is ably assisted by the incomparable Philharmonia Orchestra and the sound - for the most part - is more than adequate. Three of the concertos are DDD and two are ADD - but that does not detract in any way from the excellence of Ashkenazy's "view" on Mozart nor do the transfers diminish the artistry of Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
A great buy and one that should be in all collections even if you have other interpretations; he even surpasses Alfred Brendel at times in some of the concertos - notably Nr. 23 in A major, K488
Timothy Wingate from Ottawa, Canada
I am a very conservative fan of Mozart. I always buy one work from different performers to find the best for my soul...If the topic is Mozart I examine more carefully...I was very worried about Ashkenazy's Mozart interpretation before I listen to this cd...After I listened this cd I saw that there was nothing to get worried about :)
I always see and feel Ashkenazy as the king of the romantic era...He gives a great feeling to this Era's music...he touches to your soul..that was why I was worrying about his performance on Mozart...Because Classical era has a very different style of performing...and Mozart has much more difference even its in own era...on this cd we see the influence of his romantic interpretation...but it doesnt disturb you...it even adds something new to the mozart soul...maybe I felt this because of the piano's tone but sometimes you feel like it has to continue like a chopin ballade or a rachmaninov prelude...
Overall it is a touching performance of Mozart's piano concertos...especially in the second movement of 23th piano concerto in A maj...but it is not a mozartaen kind...
Romantic interpretation of this Great Music...something different and sounds nice...
M. Can EL
Ashkenazy handles the dramatic aspects of 20 without becoming too stormy. II is especially beautiful. There's a fluent, melting lyricism in his playing and the orchestra sounds just heavenly. In 21, the Philharmonia strings are gorgeous and Ashkenazy (who conducts this entire cycle from the keyboard) plays with a freshness of discovery few others have matched. I am inclined to say that Ashkenazy's 20 and 21 are as good as any despite very strong competition from the classic Serkin/Szell (CBS) in 20 and from Casadesus/Szell (CBS) and Serkin with the LSO under Abbado (DG) in 21.
Ashkenazy's 23 is serene with gorgeous orchestral support; he brings out the beauty of the music without any unwanted preciosity. 24 can sound heavy, but again, it's the music's delicacy and serenity that are emphasized here. Ashkenazy's tone is attractive and the sheer beauty of the Philharmonia seduces me. These are enchanting performances. 25 benefits from Ashkenazy's nuance and sensitivity--he makes it really sing. My favorite 23 is Curzon/Kertesz (London), and don't overlook Brendel/Marriner (Philips). When it comes to 24, Curzon/Kertesz wins again, but Ashkenazy is not far behind--nor is the fabulous Moravec/Marriner on the Hanssler label.Read more ›
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Marvelous rendition of 5 of Mozarts best piano concertos. Askhenhazy does justice to the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.Published on June 24 2011 by GWP5100
This is an absolutely amazing collection. Gives goosebumps when listening with HD650 hooked to Arcam cd192 at late night. Must have cd for audiophilesPublished on Feb. 25 2010 by Prodip Roy
Ashkenazy was a splendid Mozartian. I bought his entire cycle of Mozart piano concerto (which is available in a budget box set) and that proved to be one of the best investments of... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2004
For someone just starting to explore the realm of Mozart Concertos, congratulations, as you'll find a range of rich emotions that seem to deviate from his reputation as a... Read morePublished on May 16 2003
This music is simply beautiful. I love classical piano, and this work is incredible. I cannot tell you how beautiful this CD is. Read morePublished on July 2 2002 by Just Another Opinion
I had not heard much of Ashkenazy's work prior to purchasing this album, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was well worth my money times 10! Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2001 by David Mikec
What's more amazing: The fact that one can get almost all the "good" Mozart piano concertos for such a low price, or the fact that Vladimir Ashkenazy is playing them? Read morePublished on Dec 26 1999 by CMS