Christian Zacharias – W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.2 (2005)
Genre: Classical, Piano, Orchestral | SACD ISO: DST64 2.0, 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Artwork | 2.94 GB
Label: MDG | Release Year: 2005
Will listeners raised on virtuoso performances of Mozart’s piano concertos be able to make room in the hearts for Christian Zacharias’ recordings with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne? It depends on how willing they are to forego the pleasures of virtuosity for the pleasures music-making. This is not to say that Zacharias isn’t a virtuoso pianist. As his 20 years of recordings make very clear, he has talents & abilities far beyond those of most mortal pianists. But it is to say that, as those recordings make equally clear, Zacharias is far more interested in music-making than he is in virtuosity. As both pianist & conductor here, Zacharias leads performances which are all about sympathetic interplay, about musicians listening to each other, about the meaning behind the notes & the joy inside the notes. The Lausanne musicians respond joyfully to Zacharias’ direction, playing with him & not for him & breathing life into every line & sonority. While listeners raised on virtuoso performances may find something lacking, those listeners who value playing together more than showing off will find much to enjoy.
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra KV 271 ‘Jeunehomme’ in E flat major
3. Rondeau. Presto, Menuetto. Cantabile, Tempo primo
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra KV 413 in F major
6. Tempo di Menuetto