Piano Concerto No. 27 Archive

Carl Schuricht: Lucerne Festival = MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27; BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 –  Robert Casadesus (p.) / Swiss Festival Orch. Vienna Phil. – Audite 

Carl Schuricht: Lucerne Festival = MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27; BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 –  Robert Casadesus (p.) / Swiss Festival Orch. Vienna Phil. – Audite 

Carl Schuricht: Lucerne Festival = MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, K. 595; BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73 –  Robert Casadesus, piano/ Swiss Festival Orchestra/ Vienna Philharmonic – Audite 95.645, 68:21 (5/19/17) [Distr. by Naxos] *****: Grand music-making defines these two concerts led by veteran Carl Schuricht. The appearance of Carl Schuricht (1880-1967) on the podium has always captivated my attention, for his style combined a rigorous fidelity to the score with a strong, personal sense of free expressivity.  Schuricht’s seamless sense of transition rather aligned him with Furtängler and Knappertsbusch rather than with the Weingartner or Toscanini approach. In fact, the very-paradoxical-elusiveness of the Schuricht style lies in its balance between academic familiarity with the score and his imposition of rhythmic and dynamic suasion, as if the discussion had gravitated to a consideration of his temperamental opposite, Celibidache. For the concert of 19 August 1961, Schuricht leads the Swiss Festival Orchestra and guest pianist Robert Casadesus (1899-1972) in Mozart’s last piano concerto, the B-flat Major, K. 595, with its own valedictory sensibility.  The complete serenity in this performance doubtless arises from the sheer security of style brought about by two veterans’ long experience […]