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Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, May 2014

I feel that this concert featuring the 56-year-old Friedrich Gulda and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra recorded in 1986 is truly legendary. Gulda plays and simultaneously conducts these two Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 20 and 26 with an amazing style, crispness, and freshness. Gulda and the Munich Philharmonic delight the audience with their passion and musical perfection. © 2014 My Classical Notes Read complete review



Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, May 2014

It is so seldom that I respond to a performance video, particularly of standard repertoire, the way I responded to this one, which was with completely unbridled enthusiasm…

…music lovers…can’t get enough of this kind of playing. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Stephen Greenbank
MusicWeb International, November 2013

This DVD showcases two contrasting piano concertos by Mozart: the dark D minor K466 and the bright D major K537. The pianist is one of my favorites, the Austrian-born Friedrich Gulda…Wildly eccentric, he was equally at home both in classical and jazz.

The concert featured here sees Gulda taking on the roles of both pianist and conductor.

This is big-scaled playing by any standards: technically brilliant and not for the faint-hearted. Gulda’s performances have rhythmic pulse…he has a great feeling for structure and his profound musicality shines through. All along, he judges ebb and flow well and has a good sense of projection. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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