Mozart - Piano Concerto no.20; Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto no.2
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Cat No: LPO0102
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 2nd February 2018
WorksPiano Concerto no.20 in D minor, K466
Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor, op.18
ArtistsAldo Ciccolini (piano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Mozart’s D minor Piano Concerto marked a shift in tone towards a new, more mature style for the composer. He helped to redefine the piano concerto as a sophisticated and expressive artform, rather than a form of polite public entertainment.
Taken from the LPO’s final concerts with the late Aldo Ciccolini (1925–2015), these performances were much praised at the time. Most notably for Ciccolini’s soulful and sensitive interpretation that was ‘illuminated from within and sounded fresh, spontaneous and heartfelt’ (Classical Source, May 2009).
These live recordings were conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin while he was Principal Guest Conductor (2008-14) and his close relationship with the Orchestra is apparent. Yannick Nézet-Séguin is due to succeed James Levine as Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera in 2020/21.
Aldo Ciccolini was a musical legend. Through his teachers he inherited the musical influences of Busoni and Liszt, and he was himself a teacher of many world-famous pianists including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Artur Pizarro and Nicholas Angelich.
‘Ciccolini is pure music ... Ciccolini’s appearance was a humbling and inspiring experience.’ – Classical Source concert review, October 2011
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