Mozart Piano Concertos, Vol. 1
"Disc of the Week" by KBAQ
WQXR "Featured Album of the Week"
With this specially-priced set of Mozart's final four piano concertos (two-discs for the price of one), the brilliant Vassily Primakov embarks on a complete cycle of the Mozart piano concertos in collaboration with Denmark's Odense Symphony Orchestra, led by American conductor, Scott Yoo. Primakov's recent recordings on CD and DVD have generated great excitement in the international music press. Of his Chopin Concertos (BRIDGE 9278) critic Marc Medwin wrote ?Primakov's readings of these concertos invoke shades of Martha Argerich with Charles Dutoit, and of Krystian Zimerman's late-1990s Deutsche Grammophon traversal, but lacking the former's hectic air and the latter's fussiness. Primakov's virtuosity is tempered by his attention to detail, in which his approach might be compared favorably to Arthur Rubinstein's stereo RCA versions. These are performances of extraordinary power and beauty...one of the great Chopin recordings of recent times."
“The piano playing is of exceptional quality: refined, multi-colored, elegant of phrase and immaculately balanced, both in itself and in relation to the effortlessly stylish orchestra. The rhythm is both shapely and dynamic, the articulation a model of subtlety.” - BBC Music Magazine
“This is without a doubt my Recording of the Month.” - MusicWeb International
“Yoo starts with a muscular introduction, to which Primakov responds with keenly articulated playing that strikes a perfect balance between passion and lyricism. His limpid phrasing makes you realize how underrated K537 is...Primakov is stylish without being anaemic, and he gets excellent support from Yoo and his undeservedly little-known orchestra.” - Classic FM
Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491
Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503
Concerto No. 26 in D major ?Coronation?, K. 537
Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, K. 595
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