Mozart: Piano Concertos / Bartos, Belohlavek

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Label: SUPRAPHON
Catalog: SU4234-2
Format: CD

BARTOS CZECH PHILHARMONIC BELOHLAVEK DOLEZAL QUARTET

Jan Bartos is one of my most impressive and most exciting young colleagues. In Jan Bartos, virtuosity is coupled with deeply serious musicianship.'' When such appreciation is voiced by the legendary pianist Alfred Brendel, we should pick up our ears. In addition to Brendel, Bartos has been most markedly influenced by his friend and teacher, the phenomenal Czech pianist Ivan Moravec. Numerous accolades from international competiions, acclaimed performances at major concert venues all over the world and collaboration with renowned orchestras and conductors have been further milestones on Bartos's journey through th emusical landscape. With regard to the two mentors, his having opted for Mozart's music for his Supraphon debut album comes as no surprise. Although referred to by some as ''naive'' and ''overly simple'', Jan Bartos uncovers the deepest layers of the architecture of and the emotions encoded in Mozart's works. Together with the conductor, the late Jiri Belohlavek, teh pianist guides the listener through the ominous, demonc even, Concerto in D minor like through a mystery story. The more joyous nature of the Concerto in A major is further highlighted by the transparent texture of its chamber version for string quartet. The two concertos unveil the nooks and crannies of Mozart's multi-layered music, in a top-notch performance quality.

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