Mozart: Piano Concertos Volume 3
- Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482
- Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453
Performed by Vassily Primakov, piano, with the Odense Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Scott Yoo
The third volume of Vassily Primakov’s Mozart Piano Concerto series features two of Mozart’s greatest concertos.
A. Scored for a small orchestra without clarinets, trumpets, or drums, the Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453 is one of Mozart’s most graceful concertos, typically mingling a sense of gaiety with excursions into sad undertones.
B. The Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat, K 482 gains a warm of sound from the orchestra’s inclusion of clarinets instead of oboes – the first time Mozart had done so in a concerto. Vassily Primakov plays Mozart’s own cadenzas in the concerto K. 453 and those of Camille Saint-Saëns in the K. 482.
Tracks on this CD are as follows:
1. Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major, K. 482: I. Allegro
2. Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major, K. 482: II. Andante
3. Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major, K. 482: III. Allegro
4. Piano Concerto No. 18 in G major, K. 453: I. Allegro
5. Piano Concerto No. 18 in G major, K. 453: II. Andante
6. Piano Concerto No. 18 in G major, K. 453: III. Allegretto – Presto
Vassily Primakov (born 1979 in Moscow, Russia) is an award-winning Russian concert pianist and recording artist known especially for his interpretations of Chopin.
Primakov began studies at Moscow’s Central Special Music School at age eleven. He then attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied under Jerome Lowenthal.
In 1999 Primakov won second prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, and in 2001 he was a semi-finalist in the Van Cliburn Competition. Upon hearing Primakov’s performance of “La Valse” at the competition, Van Cliburn himself said “Prodigious technique, really wonderful”
Here is Vassily Primakov playing Brahms’ Intermezzo No. 1 in E-Flat Major in a wonderful interpretation
And now here is Vassily Primakov playing the Ballade No. 1 by Fryderyk Chopin
Tags: Vassily Primakov, piano, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Concerti