Music, I am thinking, can be at either end of a spectrum, depending. One music is basically all compositional, another, depending on how you look at it, can be all performance, in its impact on you. So for the former for me it is Electronic Music for magnetic tape. The performance IS the composition. The final product is in a way pure structured sound without a performer intervening, most of the time. Pure performance for me depends on what I already know. In the case of today's beautifully done CD of Mozart Piano Concertos, Volume 3
(Bridge 9538), namely Concertos Nos. 14 and 27 showcasing Anne Marie McDermott as piano soloist with the very capable Odense Symfoniorkester under Sebastian Lang Lessing, it is understandably the performance that is key, since I already know and love the works themselves. Of course Mozart wrote them as vehicles of his piano virtuosity and we listen now as the living generations of music talents give us their interpretation. Of course were they not the masterpieces they are we would not pay much mind to the performances.
And of course if they have done their work well we are given a renewed appreciation of Mozart's brilliant music. Anne Marie McDermott has a beautifully singing, bright toned poise in all she does. And the Odense Symfoniorkester under Lessing sounds peppy, inspired, almost folksy, and very lyrical.
All told the volume here is hard to beat for straight up majesty and joyful singing, weaving and savory attention to every detail. Highly recommended.
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