Earlier this year the ever-enterprising DELOS RECORDINGS released a download-only album (DE 1048) of two Mozart concertos, with the superbly gifted Lithuanian pianist Golda Vainberg-Tatz as soloist, and the American maestro Constantine Orbelian leading the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

The combination of a great pianist, an ever supportive conductor, and a first rate orchestral ensemble works magic in this 2002 recording of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor and the Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major. The skillful team of producer Vladimir Kobtsov and engineer Igor Soloviev, and the warm acoustics of the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory greatly contribute to make this release a perfect addition to the digital library of the most discerning lover of Mozart’s music.

Golda Vainberg-Tatz has a prodigious technique that equips her to negotiate the pianistic demands of both the stirring K. 466 and the care-free K. 453. This superb artist possesses an uncanny ability to change the quality of her touch according to the ebb and flow of the now turbulent, now deceivingly tranquil waters of Mozart’s D minor concerto, that she climaxes with the well-known cadenza that Brahms contributed to it. She then unflappably transitions to the sunnier tone and G major tonality of the earlier K. 453, playing with amazing agility and crystal-clear articulation.

All the while, Constantine Orbelian balances his participation with an even mix of wise assertiveness and self-effacing support of his soloist, all along providing perfect leadership to the peerless Moscow Chamber Orchestra, with its supple woodwind section and its always on-point strings.

This recording is a gift, in the words of the Bard, devoutly to be wished.

Rafael de Acha © 2022

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