Mozart/Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 22, K428; Piano Concerto No. 3

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COMPOSERS: Mozart/Beethoven
LABELS: EMI Studio Plus
WORKS: Piano Concerto No. 22, K428; Piano Concerto No. 3
PERFORMER: Sviatoslav Richter (piano)Philharmonia/Riccardo Muti
CATALOGUE NO: COM 7 64750 2 DDD/ADD (1983/78)
Richter’s sombre view of the Beethoven C minor may not be to everyone’s liking: pensive rather than urgent, his opening allegro in particular is slow (at almost 18 minutes). And his Rondo (down to the coda) is grey and unsmiling. Combining Classical pianism and Romantic projection with modern cadenza (Britten’s), his Mozart weighs seriously but falls short on innocent pleasure. Unembellished. Ates Orga

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