, March 2012
The performance of the Haydn symphony—the so-called Trauer (“Mourning”)—is beautifully conceived and executed. The Staatskapelle Berlin is expertly balanced and Nelsons’s control of dynamics is also finely crafted. What looks on paper to be a somewhat eccentric piece of programming emerges in fact as a triumph, showcasing the orchestra’s delicacy and finesse in a way that the more densely orchestrated Chopin concertos do not, in general, allow.
The spotlight for the rest of the disc falls largely on the soloist Daniel Barenboim…it is without doubt a privilege to hear his interpretations of these concertos.
Video director Enrique Sánchez Lansch has clearly mastered the score, so he knows exactly where to position his cameramen to best effect, and he and his editor have created a compelling visual record of what the ecstatic audience clearly regarded as a thrilling musical evening. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review