SCHUMANN BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTOS
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, op. 54
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 6 in D Major, op. 61a
Symphony Orchestra INSO Lemberg, Gunhard Mattes, Conductor
Novalis 150 194-2
WINNER OF THE SRF SWISS RADIO CRITICS "DISKOTHEK IM ZWEI"
Piano: Steinway & Sons (Concert Grand Model D)
Recording: October 20-22, 2008
Tradition is slouchy - this famous saying by Gustav Mahler is especially true for Schumann's piano concerto. Because it is a declaration of love to Schumann's Frau Clara, many pianists reach into the sentimental drawer and slow down the flow already in the opening. (...) A huge surprise on Swiss Radio SRF "Diskothek" classical review magazine; Recording 3 with See Siang Wong and the INSO Sinfonie-Orchester from the Ukraine under the direction of Gunhard Mattes. Here, in particular, the subterranean unrest and a completely natural-looking flow emerge, in which one is derived from the other, and Clara Schumann's judgment is made that the piano and orchestra are beautifully "interwoven".
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