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MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concerto No. 27 / Concerto for 2 Pianos in E-Flat Major / Rondo in A Minor (Schnabel) (1934-1946)

Composer(s):Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
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Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosInstrumental
Catalogue 8.111294
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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Not long after his February 1934 London Queen’s Hall concert comprising three Mozart concertos, Schnabel made his first recording of a Mozart piano concerto, No. 27 in B flat major, K.595, at the recently opened and well equipped Abbey Road Studios. Completed in one session, this recording is notable not only for the excellence of its sound but for the moulding of the slow movement, taken at a slow tempo, but without any loss of the tension between successive notes or of the coherence of harmonic progressions. Schnabel’s recording of the Concerto for two pianos, with his son Karl Ulrich, is made up entirely of first takes. In the Rondo in A minor, K.511, Schnabel beautifully shapes the phrases and avoids sentimentality or overt

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,July 2008

This recording followed an equally unusual presentation, when at a Queen’s Hall concert in London during 1934 he played three Mozart Piano Concertos, which occupied the full evening. The subsequent recording of the Twenty-Seventh with Barbirolli and the London Symphony Orchestra was made in just one session. It shows the grace, good sense and literal quality he brought to Mozart, the clarity of his playing of the highest order. True, the orchestra is rather large by today’s standard, but Barbirolli obtained much delicacy, the central movement taken at such an expansive tempo that accord between soloist and orchestra is sorely tried. One unscheduled change of pulse I presume comes from a break in the recording session. Made in the new EMI Abbey Road No.1 Studio, Schnabel more....






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