Magazine article Czech Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mozart Piano Concertos

Magazine article Czech Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mozart Piano Concertos

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart Piano Concertos

Jan Bartos--piano, Dolezal Quartet (Vaclav Dvorak, Ondrej Pustejovsky--violins, Martin Stupka--viola, Vojtech Urban--violoncello), Czech Philharmonic. Jiri Belohlavek--conductor.

Text: English, German, French, Czech. Recorded: May 2013, Dvorak Hall, Prague (K 466), 5/2016, Martinu Hall, Prague (K 414). Published: 2017.

TT: 57:16. DDD.

I CD Supraphon SU 4234-2.

Jan Bartos is one of our most interesting and characterful pianists today. This was already clear after his first CD, published last year, which consisted of a live recording of pieces by Schumann, Smetana and Talich, and it is now confirmed by his second, on which he presents two of Mozart's most performed piano concerti. Even though this information is not divulged in the booklet, these are also live recordings: the Piano Concerto in D minor was recorded on May 1st 2013 at the Rudolfinum, during a subscribers' concert of the Czech Philharmonic, and the Piano Concerto in A major at Bartos's recital at the Martinu Hall on May 21st 2016. It is clear that when recording the D minor concerto, all involved--Bartos, the Czech Philharmonic and Jiri Belohlavek--were in excellent shape; no edits were made to the recording. The orchestral introduction to the first movement has a fittingly magical atmosphere. Beginning with the first measures, we can appreciate the rich and plastic modelling of the dynamics and inspired work with instrumental timbre (winds, timpani). Bartos's piano sounds both manly and emotive. The pianist builds his interpretation on a strict pulse, his technique is brilliant and precise, the copious and particularly effective passages in octaves evoke storms or torrents, especially in the left hand. It is one of the most dramatic interpretations of this movement I know. …

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