, January 2013
I liked this Jacoby/Kaspszyk performance a lot. The accompaniment by Sinfonia Varsovia is alert and nicely turned right from the start…Ingrid Jacoby’s playing in the first movement [of the Second] is light and graceful. Her playing is clean and evinces a good deal of charm.
In the lovely slow movement she plays Beethoven’s highly decorated piano line very well indeed. She and Jacek Kaspszyk impart a nice flow to the music, which sounds at ease. The impish rondo finale is one of Beethoven’s ‘fun’ movements and invariably I enjoy it very much; I certainly enjoyed this account, which is energetic and witty, bringing to an end a smiling and engaging performance of the concerto.
The Fourth…also comes off well. In the big first movement Miss Jacoby again plays with a good and appropriate mixture of grace and strength. Her playing in the second movement is calm and poetic…The finale is lively and given con brio yet, despite the fundamental liveliness both pianist and conductor succeed in giving full value to the lyrical stretches.
This is an enjoyable and successful coupling, which I’m glad to have heard. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review