To consider Mozart is to consider an unequivocal master of classical music, a composer whose work spanned all areas and is unanimously critically deemed to be a genius. However, within such a spellbinding oeuvre of work the most ardently sophisticated admiration tends to be given to his piano concertos. And, among the 23 which he has produced in his time none has drawn such musical worship as Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor. Indeed, Pianist Charles Rosen called it "as much a myth as a work of art: when listening to it, … it is difficult at times to say whether we are hearing the work or its reputation."
However, Piano Concerto No.23 in A Major, is of such a unique, unsettling nature - so different, personal and reflective in comparison with much of Mozart's work, it is something to be appreciated on it's own merit. There is a darkness to the music which is touched, which is explored with such a sensitivity, such a yearning solo-ism, that the intimacy created is something which normally befits chamber music. Pensive, and yet unpredictable. There is a playfulness captured here which gives a true image of the breadth of Mozart's creative insight.
The vinyl has retained it's quality although has some dust. Likewise, the box is worthy, with some minor scuffing on the corners and sides.
Matrix No. MG 504 13 B