Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 27 / Pressler, Ishii, Magdeburg Philharmonie

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Menahem Pressler has played Mozart’s piano concertos with such frequency that they can be reckoned among the works that have occupied him the most in his life. Fortunately, a wish that Pressler and the musicians of the Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra had been having for many years finally came true: in May and December 2016, Pressler performed as a soloist in his hometown. Those performances became this live recording release. He writes: “In Mozart there are no ‘empty’ passages. Musicians often just ‘play through’ a passage because they can play it well, and they are satisfied with that. However, if the interpretation of a passage has no content, I become adamant. I know it’s hard to phrase everything correctly. But I am still as critical as I ever was.” Most of all, one can immediately tell that we are dealing with a pianist who not only knows very note of these concertos, but who has made each of them his own.

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: AVI 8553387

  • UPC: 4260085533879

  • Label: Avi

  • Composer: Claude Debussy, Frédéric Chopin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Conductor: Kimbo Ishii

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Magdeburg Philharmonie

  • Performer: Menahem Pressler