These performances are analogous to the four most successful Peter Serkin Mozart piano concertos on disc: #s 15, 17, and 18 with Schneider/ECO and #27 with Silverstein/Rochester SO (see my reviews). Unlike the overly quick first movements of #s 14, 16 and 19. Tempi are
suitable here. K478 is properly dark and angry in the first movement, searching and poetic in the second, lighter and more lyrical in the Finale. Serkin employs legato and savors nuance throughout, reminding one of his father while preserving his own personality. The second Quartet k493 is more relaxed and is quite lovely-the second movement is melting and the Finale // the third movement of the 15th Piano Concerto. But this ensemble does not skirt
darkness or intensity.
Peers: Pressler/Beaux Arts/Philips (my favorite), Curzon/Amadeus/Philips, Haebler/BPO members/Philips, Brendel/Philips (k478) and EMI (k493, with the Alban Berg Quartet)