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ALICIA DE LARROCHA PLAYS MOZART (6 CDS)
ALICIA DE LARROCHA PLAYS MOZART (6 CDS)

ALICIA DE LARROCHA PLAYS MOZART (6 CDS)

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Alicia de Larrocha will always be remembered as one of the most idiomatic and poetic interpreters of Spanish piano music, but this beloved artist - born in Barcelona in 1923 to two pianists - was hardly less devoted to Mozart. In the 1990s, towards the end of her career, she undertook a series of concerto recordings for RCA with Sir Colin Davis - one of the great Mozartians of his time - conducting the English Chamber Orchestra, formidable Mozart veterans themselves. Now collected for the first time in a 6-album set, these performances were widely admired by music lovers and critics. Gramophone wrote: "In their transparency and vitality these performances are outstanding. Sir Colin's partnership is affectionate and exemplary [Nos. 25 and 27]." And of their collaboration in Nos. 19 and 27: "Sir Colin's unforced way with the opening tutti of K 595, his awareness of 'all passion spent' is haunting but unobtrusive. Such sensitivity is effortlessly mirrored by Larrocha with her enviable ease, her avoidance of all artifice or attention-seeking dalliance. Few other pianists are more attuned to Mozart's mix of pain and radiance."

Discs 1-5:

Alicia de Larrocha, piano

English Chamber Orchestra

Sir Colin Davis, conductor

Disc 1
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-Flat Major, K. 271

I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Rondo (Presto)

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467

I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace assai

Disc 2
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro assai


Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491

I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto

Disc 3
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-Flat Major, K. 482

I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro

Piano Concerto No. 26 in D Major, K. 537

I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto

Disc 4
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466

I. Allegro
II. Romanze
III. Allegro assai

Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503

I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Finale - Allegretto

Disc 5
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-Flat Major, K. 595

I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro

Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major, KV 459

I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro assai

Disc 6
Concerto No. 10 for 2 Pianos in E-Flat Major, K. 365 (316a)

I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Rondo. Allegro

Alicia de Larrocha, piano

Orchestra of St. Luke's

Andre Previn, conductor

Sonata for 2 Pianos in D Major, K. 448

I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante
III. Allegro molto

Andre Previn, piano

Alicia de Larrocha, piano