The best composer who ever lived and a superb team of pianist, conductor, and orchestra make this a solid gold winner.
Comparing Serkin with his earlier recordings of Mozart’s concertos, you might detect a bit more freedom or panache in the running passages of the first movement and a bit more light and shade in the cadenzas, and the sound is here more present and warmer. Serkin and Abbado don’t shirk or prettify them. There’s plenty of humor and really no reservations about the playing at all.
And a word about Abbado — this was before he started paying attention to historically informed performance, and it’s a full-blooded account worthy of Szell or Bohm, though in better sound. I’ve seen Abbado criticized for over-refinement, but there’s none of that here. The playing has weight, energy, and beauty — as vigorous old-style Mozart as you could wish for, and marvelously attentive to the soloist, as Abbado almost always was in his concerto recordings. Very good work all round!
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.1 GB
|Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No.27 In B Flat Major, K. 595|
|Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No.8 In C Major, K. 246
|B3||Rondeau, Tempo Di Menuetto||8:14|
Analyzed folder: /96k WAM – Piano Concerti 8, 27 – Serkin, Abbado
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR14 -2.90 dB -22.39 dB A1 Concerto No.27 In B Flat Major, K. 595 – Allegro.aif
DR14 -5.30 dB -25.62 dB A2 Concerto No.27 In B Flat Major, K. 595 – Larghetto.aif
DR15 -0.60 dB -20.88 dB A3 Concerto No.27 In B Flat Major, K. 595 – Allegro.aif
DR14 -0.72 dB -19.13 dB B1 Concerto No.8 In C Major, K. 246 ‘Luetzow Concerto’ – Allegro Aperto.aif
DR13 -3.35 dB -22.02 dB B2 Concerto No.8 In C Major, K. 246 ‘Luetzow Concerto’ – Andante.aif
DR14 -2.81 dB -21.56 dB B3 Concerto No.8 In C Major, K. 246 ‘Luetzow Concerto’ – Rondeau, Tempo Di Menuetto.aif
Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR14
- Art Direction – Hartmut Pfeiffer
- Composed By – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Conductor – Claudio Abbado
- Edited By – Joachim Niss, Reinhild Schmidt
- Engineer – Klaus Hiemann
- Liner Notes – Denis Matthews, Volker Scherliess
- Orchestra – London Symphony Orchestra
- Photography By – Christian Steiner
- Piano – Rudolf Serkin
- Producer, Recording Supervisor – Rainer Brock
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Cartridge: ZYX 50R Bloom
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