Matthias Kirschnereit

Mozart: The Piano Concertos, Vol. 5

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As in previous the volume of Arte Nova's collection of the complete Mozart piano concertos, pianist Matthias Kirschnereit returns for another set of perfectly adequate performances in Vol. 5 featuring the K. 413 and K. 482 concertos. No real faults can be found in this recording. Kirschnereit's playing is clean and articulate -- nimble in fast passages and elegant in slow movements. His interpretations are neither heavy-handed nor unduly delicate. The accompaniment offered by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, while at times a little heavy in forte passages, is equally appropriate to the material at hand. However, just as Kirschnereit doesn't do anything to incite criticism, there's nothing here to really rave about either. Listeners who are already enamored with more universally acclaimed recordings by artists like Uchida or Brendel are not likely to find sufficient reason to add this cycle to their collection, and those in the market for their first recording of these masterworks would probably be better served by obtaining one of the aforementioned alternatives.

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