Maurizio Pollini, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Piano Concertos No.17 & No.21 (2006)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:15 | 252 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 2894775795
One hates to admit it, but at this point in his career, pianist Maurizio Pollini is no longer a Mozart player. Although a supreme virtuoso, a passionate intellectual, and a consummate artist, Pollini has grown too brilliant, too intense, and too calculating for Mozart. Pollini's tone is crystalline, his textures are transparent and his tempos are perfect in this breathtaking 2005 recording of the G major and C major piano concertos, but it all seems too cold and too objective. Although he is also directing the Wiener Philharmoniker from the piano, this doesn't seem to encumber Pollini's virtuosity in any way; indeed, he appears to enjoy the challenge, audibly coaxing more force from the musicians' playing.