Mozart as you’ve never heard him before

Mozart as you’ve never heard him before

Album Of The Week

norman lebrecht

November 19, 2022

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week.

…The album is redeemed by a transcendent reading of a solo transcription of Mozart’s 20th piano concerto in D minor, K466, by the eccentric Parisian pianist-composer Charles-Valentin Alkan. It is, of course, much easier to simulate a small Mozart orchestra on solo piano than to project one of Beethoven’s big bangers…

Read on here.

And here.

In The Critic here.

In Czech here.


  • David K. Nelson says:

    Just for the record there has been a YouTube available of this arrangement by Alkan for some years now, so in theory this is Mozart as we have heard him before. But the YT performance may be less wonderful than the recording he reviewed, which might be N.L.’s point.