Mendelssohn:Piano Ctos. 1 & 2
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In general there is a non-specific recorded acoustic on this disc, not crystal clear, not targeted on the piano, or reverberant, or greatly detailed, just "there". Katsaris zooms along, granted the tempos are marked Presto and such, but the recording as a whole smears detail. I think a reduction in tempo and an increase in musical control would suit this disc. Masur obtains beautiful playing from the Gewandhaus, but the orchestral contribution is somewhat lost (as is the piano detail) in the overall generalized acoustic. I've had this disc for YEARS and replayed it on my newer equipment, no change in the verdict from earlier listening, just a bit of a "compressed" recording and wide acoustic that robs dynamic range, deprives Mendelssohn's writing and detail and the piano is just in the acoustic mix. Don't pay $80 for a new disc as listed, there are probably better choices in the current CD catalog