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Mendelssohn * Mozart: Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No 2

Magazine article Gramophone

Mendelssohn * Mozart: Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No 2

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Mendelssohn * Mozart

Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No 2, Op 40

Mozart Piano Concerto No 21, K467

Danae Dorken pf

Royal Northern Sinfonia / Lars Vogt

Ars Produktion (F) [SACD] ARS38 210 (52' * DDD/DSD)

Lars Vogt here swaps the keyboard for the podium in a disc that showcases his erstwhile pupil Danae Dorken, still only 24. Her sensitive musicianship is immediately apparent and in the first movement of Mozart's K467 she adopts a light, slightly detached articulation which ensures textures are never less than buoyant, while Vogt gets from the Royal Northern Sinfonia playing of colour and immediacy. The Mozart's infamously famous slow movement is set up with a wonderfully withdrawn sound in the strings and it's a pleasingly 'straight' account. For all Dorken's eloquence, though, Pires and Abbado remain pretty much peerless here--with Abbado setting up an effortless one-in-a-bar feel and Pires emerging almost imperceptibly from the string texture. The classic account from Uchida and Tate pulls us irresistibly into the opera house, and their finale has an irrepressible sense of joie de vivre which this new version can't quite match, musicianly though it unfailingly is. …

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