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  PTC 5186 305 (2 discs)
  Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 13 & 24 - Helmchen, Nikolic
  Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major K. 415, Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor K. 491

Martin Helmchen (piano)
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Gordan Nikolic (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by Windsurfer October 12, 2007 (15 of 15 found this review helpful)
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This one is rather special! Superb sound; and the very nuanced but masculine playing from Helmchen and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra is wonderful! Not a period performance, but like Julia Fischer's Mozart Concertos, this is a period informed performance of the highest caliber.

I was unfamiliar with the concerto #13 and found it to be a joyful experience. The great C minor concerto is authoritatively played and while this disc doesn't completely erase my desire for a Bruno Walter type accompaniment for this concerto, it is a disc I will listen to repeatedly because it is quite compelling!

I actually listened to this first in stereo last night on my upstairs system over the Celestion SL6si loudspeakers. I was quite impressed. But this morning in multi-channel on the big system downstairs, I was amazed at the detail, the spaciousness, the clarity and purity of the piano sound, and the playing of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, to say nothing of the interpretive sophistication and utterly clean articulation of Martin Helmchen!

This is a winner, a real winner!

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K. 415/387b
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491