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Brendel’s Mozart credentials are very much in evidence in these performances. The 17th concerto was highly acclaimed when it first appeared on the Vox label in the 1960s and it is arguable that his collaboration with Walter Klein in recording the concerto and sonata for two pianos has never been surpassed.
“The transfer might leave the Vienna Volksoper orchestra (not the Staatsoper as credited) sounding a little glassy, but Brendel and Klein are suavely matched in the give-and-take of the two-piano works.”
(Concerto for Two Pianos)
“What is at once astonishing and delightful about these performances is that the constant technical problem of ensemble between the two pianos is never allowed to take precedence over the business of music-making. Some of
the rival versions of the concerto may in fact keep even more impeccably together, but none presents us with such consistently beautiful—and meaningful— phrasing.”
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