Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Piano Concertos:
No.9 in E flat, K271 (Jeunehomme)
No.19 in F, K459
No.21 in C, K467
No.23 in A, K488
No.27 in B flat, K595
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach (piano)

Recorded in 1977 and 1978 in Studio No.1, Abbey Road, London
CD No: EMI 3 81793 2 (2 CDs)
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Reviewed: April 2007
Eschenbach’s integration of piano and orchestra is notable in these stylish and vivid accounts, the pianist’s crisp articulation revealing phrase, run and accents with acumen and spirit. The ‘Elvira Madigan’ slow movement (K467) is given full Romantic shape and bloom. Eschenbach plays Mozart’s cadenzas or, in absentia, writes his own. The A major and B flat concertos are especially persuasive.


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