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Rudolf Serkin Plays Mozart Piano Concertos (Sony Classical Masters)

By Alexander Schneider

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By Alexander Schneider, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, Marlboro Festival Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pablo Casals, Rudolf Serkin, and George Szell. By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Classical. CD. Sony Music Entertainment #88985468092. Published by Sony Music Entertainment (NX.88985468092).

Item Number: NX.88985468092

The ever-more comprehensive Sony Classical Masters series is pleased to announce ten new releases. Ranging from symphony cycles to solo piano music, these budget-priced box sets celebrate some of the leading musicians of recent times. Known for his intense, insightful interpretations of the classical repertoire, Rudolf Serkin was one of the great American pianists of the mid-century, and seldom was he more in his element than when playing Mozart. This new six-CD release unites for the first time fourteen Mozart concerto recordings made at the height of his career, between 1951 and 1977. "His is not a raised-little-finger type of Mozart; it is rugged, has contour, and is a welcome relief from the pretty-pretty conceptions heard only too often", wrote Gramophone of a 1955 recording with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra and Alexander Schneider. With the same orchestra, Serkin is "ideally matched" (AllMusic Guide) with conductor George Szell; elsewhere he partners Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as Pablo Casals at the cellist-conductor's festival in Perpignan for No. 22 ("exultant and miraculous" - BBC Music Magazine). Recordings from the Marlboro Festival include the Concerto No. 10 for two pianos with his then-teenage son Peter Serkin.

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