LPO – 0102
Made in Lithuania
1 Audio CD
© 2018 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd.
℗ 2018 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd.
Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London on 27 May 2009 (Rachmaninoff) and 12 October 2011 (Mozart)
Producers: Andrew Walton (Mozart) and Tim Oldham (Rachmaninoff)
Engineers: Andrew Lang, K&A Productions (Mozart) and Andrew Mellor, Floating Earth (Rachmaninoff)
Total playing time: 68:31
Released: February 2018

CD: Mozart & Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos

LPO conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor

Aldo Ciccolini piano
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra

These recordings celebrate a legendary pianist, the late Aldo Ciccolini (1925-2015). Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall during Yannick Nézet-Séguin's tenure as Principal Guest Conductor when Ciccolini was in his mid-eighties, the two piano concertos on this disc are brimming over with his renowned lightness of touch and musical sensitivity.

In his sombre-tinged concerto, Mozart showed his mature side, transforming the piano concerto from polite entertainment to sophisticated art form. Later Rachmaninoff, emerging from years of creative block, poured his heart and soul into his Second Piano Concerto and created one of the most beloved works of all time.

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'This is music-making of great heart by a pianist still full of fresh ideas' BBC Music Magazine

'This is a valuable addition to the catalogue and one that I can happily recommend' iClassical 

'One of the great Mozart performances...Ciccolini is polished and patrician, his cadenza perfectly judged... The Rachmaninoff is balanced and intelligent' (Five stars) International Piano Magazine