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Mozart in Vienna - Gottlieb Wallisch

Mozart in Vienna - Gottlieb Wallisch

Linn Records  CKD 352

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Instrumental


Mozart: Sonata in D major K.576, Fantasy in D minor K.397, Sonata No. 17 in B flat major K.570, Rondo in A minor K.511, Ten Variations in G major K.455

Gottlieb Wallisch (piano)


Austrian pianist Gottlieb Wallisch's debut on Linn Records, Mozart in Vienna, features a selection of Mozart's best-loved works, all composed in Vienna during one of the composer's most fruitful periods: 1781-1791.

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Produced by Philip Hobbs
Recorded at St George's, Bristol, UK: 5th-7th August 2009
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Post-production by Julia Thomas, Finesplice, UK
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Review by John Broggio - June 2, 2010

An auspicious début by a very fine young Austrian pianist.

This recital comprises the last two completed piano sonatas of Mozart together with three of his finest individual works for the instrument, including the great A minor rondo. Playing on a very fine Steinway piano, Wallisch makes his tone light and clear to prevent textures muddying. The crisp, clear finger technique on display makes light of the difficulties (quite many in the case of the variations) and allows all the motifs to take shape in the listeners ear. Throughout the recital, Wallisch's playing is glorious and recalls the crystalline genius of Gilels and Curzon - hallowed company indeed! Lively in the allegro's, song-like in the slow movements - this is really high class playing although purists should note there are one or two instances where Wallisch inserts unmarked accelerando's but it is done very much in keeping with the spirit of the whole enterprise.

The sound is one of the best representations of the piano on disc. The sound of the Steinway in St Georges Brandon Hill (Bristol, UK) is captured with unerring accuracy (I've heard and played there often enough to know). The acoustic in particular is particularly well recreated and demonstrates just why this hall is so popular with players and audiences alike.

Strongly recommended.

Copyright © 2010 John Broggio and HRAudio.net

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