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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 25

By Kimbo Ishii

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By Kimbo Ishii, Mageburgische Philharmonie, and Menahem Pressler. By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Classical. CD. Naxos #AVI 8553387. Published by Naxos (NX.AVI-8553387).

Item Number: NX.AVI-8553387

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.

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