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Dominy Clements
MusicWeb International, September 2017

The orchestra is in top form, and Gulda is both respectful and inventive in his shaping and blending of the piano part with the rest of the band in genuinely chamber-music interactions.

This is a well-presented addition to our collection of Friederich Gulda recordings, and will of course be a ’must-have’ for his fans. There is much beauty here alongside the less conventional playfulness, but the solo performances capture a unique event that stands up even on a recording, lifted from but bringing with it plenty of that live atmosphere. The two Rondos are gorgeous, and I’m sure the whole venture is blessed by the spirit of Mozart. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Alain Steffen
Pizzicato, July 2017

Highly inspired Mozart performances with Friedrich Gulda. It’s a great pleasure too, to experience the expert Mozart conducting by the young Leopold Hager. © 2017 Pizzicato

Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, June 2017

Gulda proves to be a highly gifted interpreter of Mozart as well as a mischievous improviser on the piano—who also wants to entertain and can do so on a high level.

Gulda plays cheerfully without the slightest audible effort, combining Mozart with the finesse of a grandiose performer who is in fact laughing up his sleeve. © 2017 My Classical Notes Read complete review

Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, May 2017

Why is it that I love Friedrich Gulda’s Mozart so much and tend to dislike so many other pianists playing it? …I think it’s because Gulda…played his music with guts. He didn’t play it like some mincing drawing-room quadrille to be admired by slothful wealthy patrons but not by the general public.

Of course, much of this stems from Gulda’s own aesthetic, which was that music should be eaten by the performer and then internalized, to be played out as if it were part of your DNA. His lifelong affinity for jazz, which he eventually came to play pretty well, had a lot to do with it—that, plus the fact that as a jazz musician he was, ipso facto, a creator himself.

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