Beach Boy | Atlanta, Ga | 04/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I own several versions of Mozarts 25 piano concerto, and I have to say without a doubt that this one is the best sounding of all of the ones I have heard (including Pariah's version - which is really great in quality and playing)period. I am not sure if it is the hall it was recorded in, or the studio, but the sound on this disc is 3-d Mozart at its best. The 24th piano concerto is also the best sound I have heard. If you buy this cd, and crank it up as soon as you get it, I can almost garantee goose bumps. The 24th concerto is amazing no doubt, but the 25th just jams. There is an other worldly quality about this concerto that can really rip you away from daily life, and even daily music. There are few things in music that can compare to Mozarts 25th piano concerto. And this version is the very best I have heard. And as a sidenote........to really blow your mind, get some headphones and turn it up. Inspiring to say the least."
Sounds like Beethoven but still wonderful
Johnson Lee | Irvine, CA USA | 02/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Barenboim's tone is firm and has a good edge around it. It reminds me piano's sound comes from a hammer hitting a string - even when he plays softly. More punch and clarity compared to any other version. His interpretation is romantic and virtuosic.
Berlin Phil's sound is rich and grand - exactly opposite of the historically informed performance practice. A little pompous but still top-notch.
Perahia and Brendel both offer more intimate renditions. Especially Perahia's playing has everything you ever want for Mozart - lyrical, lively, tender, bittersweet......simply heart-stopping. If the recording quality was above average, his recordings would be undoubtedly my first choice. Brendel's playing is insightful and full of beautiful moments. But he tends to be too deliberate to create peculiar tones he wants and to deliver more legato.
If you think you will enjoy a very well-played and extremely well-recorded Mozart's concertos with a slight hint of Beethoven, Barenboim is your guy.