MOZART: Piano Concertos Performed by Jan Lisiecki


Anthony Tommasini writes .....

Jan Lisiecki, pianist; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christian Zacharias. Deutsche Grammophon B0016888-02; CD.

The pianist Jan Lisiecki, born in Canada to Polish parents, was 16 when he made this debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon and 17 when he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in December. His playing here — pristine, lyrical and intelligent — shows uncommon maturity. Having just turned 18, Mr. Lisiecki is on a career roll.

It is hard not to worry a little about an artist who becomes so busy so early in his career. Still, this is beautiful Mozart playing, direct, unmannered and fresh. Mr. Lisiecki is fortunate in his collaborators: the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the conductor Christian Zacharias, better known as a fine pianist, who draws crisp, textured and vibrant playing from the ensemble.


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