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***** A fine alternative... I strongly recommend this set.

ReviewI accidentally came upon this two disc set on Spotify.
If, like me, you are always on the look out for new performances and versions of Mozart piano concertos you will probably enjoy these performances, and at the same time know that they are by the master's hand, so nobody else has fiddled with them !
The string quintet accompanying is very alert and sympathetic to the many strands and gradations of colour, even sometimes sounding like a larger body than they really are. Christoph Soldan is a fine Mozart pianist and his piano is well recorded. I do not know what type or make it is, but it has a very bright and appealing sound which contrats well with the strings.
Christoph Soldan has specialised in Mozart for a long time and has many recordings to his name and It is a pity that he is not more well known over here.
These are not particularly intimate performances as the performers project themselves well, though there is plenty of feeling and beauty in their playing.
I do not like showy or long or gimmicky cadenzas, but I smiled at his in the finale to concerto no, 14.
I wouldn't want to be without the full orchestral versions of these concertos and though these do not displace them, they are immensely enjoyable.
I strongly recommend this set.
Paul Capell on Amazon.com
December 30, 2017

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