Mozart - Piano Concerto no.20; Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto no.2 | LPO LPO0102

Mozart - Piano Concerto no.20; Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto no.2

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Label: LPO

Cat No: LPO0102

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 2nd February 2018

Contents

Artists

Aldo Ciccolini (piano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Works

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Piano Concerto no.20 in D minor, K466

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor, op.18

Artists

Aldo Ciccolini (piano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Yannick Nezet-Seguin

About

Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto has been consistently rated one of the best-loved pieces of classical music. In 2015 it was named number one in Classic FM’s Ultimate Hall of Fame.

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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