Alfred Brendel's discography is among the most extensive of any pianist. He is one of the few pianists to have recorded all of the Mozart piano concertos, eight of which he recorded with Sir Charles Mackerras.
Mackerras' partnership with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra yielded many outstanding recordings. They developed an impressive reputation particularly for their interpretations of Mozart and this recording is further proof that within this field they are an unbeatable partnership.
Brendel, Mackerras and the SCO are something of a dream team and Decca has captured all their skill in a must-have recording of some of Mozart's best-loved music.
‘The balance between playfulness and thoughtfulness is magically realized. The improvisational vein and deep feelings, the classical poise, the seductive wit and the noble melancholy - all are there in Brendel's rendition drawing that long invoked image of Mozart, the genius "smiling through tears". Brendel reached that ineffable level of music-making where any comment on his fabulous technical and musical skills falls in superfluous. No stupefying speed, no hail on keyboard, no outrageous fortissimos, but subtleties, crystal-clear finger-work and a refined poised touch instead.' P. Adrian
‘Mackerras listens to Brendel, they exhange little turns of phrase, musical ideas; the orchestra joins in the fun and games; the result this spontaneous, fresh, joyous recording.' N. Ford