Martin Helmchen, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Gordan Nikolic – Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 13 & 24 (2007) DSF DSD64

Martin Helmchen, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Gordan Nikolic – Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 13 & 24 (2007)
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This is the debut album of Martin Helmchen, prize-winning 25-year old German pianist whose career received a boost when he won the 2001 Clara Haskil Competition. Though opening salvos fired by so many young pianists today often come in the form of Mozart, it can be a risky business; bad Mozart-playing can signal the quick end to a career because the nature of the music exposes so many strengths and flaws. Even now we see so many album released by “name” piano-players who really don’t have a clue as to how to handle the composer. Helmchen, I am happy to report, has found the key to the puzzle, and acquits himself very well indeed.
“The sound on this issue is sumptuous; you will not hear finer, more articulate clarity in the orchestra on any other recording that I know of and the piano sounds simply marvellous, clean, bold and rich … well worth hearing for those just building a collection or those with 5,000 Mozart concerto discs already in their collection. Unreservedly recommended.” –Fanfare

“It was a bold gesture on the part of talented pianist Martin Helmchen to make his recording debut with two of Mozart’s piano concertos … (his) decision is strongly vindicated by performances that show him to be a highly sensitive performer with a wonderfully limpid piano tone that is almost ideal for Mozart … there are some beautifully articulated accompaniments, the string tone suitably lean in quality … a highly promising and beautifully recorded disc.” –BBC Music Magazine


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
1. I. Allegro 14:14
2. II. Larghetto 7:37
3. III. Allegretto 9:14

Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K. 415
4. I. Allegro 10:43
5. II. Andante 9:01
6. III. Rondeau: Allegro 9:11

Martin Helmchen, piano
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Gordan Nikolić, conductor

Recorded: April 2007 at the Philharmonie, Haarlem, The Netherlands


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