The Extravagant Waltz Johann Strauss (II)
Charles Mackerras and John O'Conor's second Mozart collaboration is a winner.
Repertoire: Piano Concertos Nos 19 & 23
Artists: John O’Conor (piano), SCO/Charles Mackerras
Label: Telarc CD-80285
Distinguished Mozartean Charles Mackerras matches John O’Conor’s buoyant, lightly-voiced scamperings in these two magical concertos, their second Mozart collaboration for this label. Despite the occasional suspicion of superficiality, these are stylish accounts with a daringly fast finale for No.19. What makes the disc unique is the inclusion of the long-lost ending of the Rondo in A, the subject of much scholarly research.