MOZART, W.A.: Symphony No. 35, "Haffner" / Don Giovanni: Overture / Piano Concerto No. 20 (A. Schiff, Capella Andrea Barca)

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Conductor: Schiff, Andras

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385, "Haffner"
Don Giovanni, K. 527
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903

Venue: Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza
Date of Concert: 02-05-2008
Playing Time: 01:30:00
Television Director: Wischmann, Claus
Catalogue Number: EuroArts5726
UPC: 880242572684

Mozart is the most pervasively dramatic composer in history. The spirit of opera informs very nearly his every work. Themes are characters; characters interact; they change. András Schiff's alertness to the dialogue in Mozart is reflected both in his acute sense of characterisation and his immensely sophisticated use of articulation. Every line breathes. Not only that, every tone tells. Just as the voice in conversation subtly reflects the speaker's state of mind, so Schiff's deployment of sonority derives from an acute perception of the notes' psychological as well as their purely musical character. This recording from the historical and stunningly beautiful Teatro Olimpico affords us numerous insights into Schiff's approach to music and music-making, and more besides. Schiff's joy in performance is as evident to the eye as to the ear.

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