Summer Concert 2016
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K. 488. Violin Concerto
NO. x in A, K. 219. Francesco Corti, fortepiano. Thibault Noally,
violin. Les Musiciens du Louvre/Mark Minkowski, cond.
Mariss Jansons visited Tokyo in 2012 with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. He has had a long relationship with the orchestra, first conducting them un 2003l. His contract as Chief Conductor continues untiul 2021. They presented a series of all of the Beethoven symphonies recorded in Suntory Hall. All were issued several years ago on regular DVD and now they are available on Blu Ray. Surely these are fine performances well recorded in the warm acoustics of the venue. But there is keencompetition on DVD, particularly from Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic to mentiuon only two. There are two more disks in the Blu Ray series, one con tains Symphonies 4, 5 and 6; the other (102177 ) holds 7, 8 and 9. prefverable to the Jansons, better sonically as well.
Mark Minkowski leads "authentic Mozart performances" on this DVD recorded during Mozart Week 2015 in Salzburg. He conducts Les Muusiciens du Louvre, which he founded in 1982. Their purpose is total authenticity, performances that display how Mozart's music would have sounded in the year it was composed. Original instruments are used producing a sound quite different from what is usually heard. Here we have the Piano Concerto No. 23 K. 488 with fortepianist Francesco Corti as soloist, and Thibault Noally plays the Violin Concerto K. 219. Both instruments originally were owned by Mozart. As a bonus we have Mozart's Sonata in E minor K. 304 played by Noally and Corti, plus the finale of Schubert's C major Symphony D. 944 (here identified as Symphony No. 8). All of these works are beautifully performed, and the engineers have done their job well. The onlyh negative is that even with the bonus, playing time is rather short.
R.E.B. (September 2016)