My profound love for Baroque vocal music has led me to a new appreciation for the more lyrical passages of the Mozart piano concertos.
I recognize that the sounds of my mother’s violin (she was a concert soloist), Baroque vocal music, and the aria-like passages of the Mozart Piano Concertos have suddenly converged into a new passion.
Mozart drew upon his creative genius as an opera composer to dramatize the role of the soloist in his concertos. Particularly in the Second Movements, they are marvelously flowing, with lyrical passages that to me mirror the tone and fluidity of the human voice. Heavenly. So beautiful I must remind myself to breathe.
In this Andante from Mozart’s Piano Concert #23 (K488), Mitsuko Uchida plays it with such great sensitivity and depth, the aria-like quality is unmistakable. - Emily Rosenthal