Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Today being the 17th day of August, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 feels right. Who do you think plays it best -- Mitsuko Uchida, Piotr Anderszewski or Leif Ove Andsnes? Compare a sample from their first movements and let us know who you prefer by voting in our poll. We'll play the winner at 12 noon.

Update: You told us you preferred Mitsuko Uchida's rendition. We played it at 12 noon.


Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart Piano Concert No. 17 in G Major

Piotr Anderszewski - Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major

Leif Ove Andsnes - Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major

Comments [4]

Carol Luparella from Elmwood Park, NJ

Instead of Mozart again, how about the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1 or the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2?

Aug. 17 2011 10:46 AM
Nessa from NYC

I love all three pianists but Anderscewski's performance is my favorite for this contest. Poetic, soulful. There is a wonderful documentary about him. He talks about his love of Mozart. Look at it if you have the chance.

Aug. 17 2011 10:20 AM

Piotr Anderszewski gets my vote. Although I was unfamiliar with him prior to today, the excerpt of his playing was amazingly lyrical and delicate. And that differentiates him from both Uchida and Andsnes, who while undoubtedly superb pianists, opt for the all too frequently heard "modern" Mozart interpretations -- namely quick, sparkling, and bordering on staccato. It is a treat to hear a pianist who has technique to burn, yet harks back to an earlier pianism that emphasizes principally the emotional content of the Mozart concertos.

Aug. 17 2011 10:12 AM
Audrey Schneider from West hempstead, NY

Leif Ove Andsnes gets my vote. My husband and I heard him play a solo concert in Toulouse about 12 years ago and knew he was extraordinary!

Aug. 17 2011 09:29 AM

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