Gottlieb Wallisch - Mozart in Vienna - The Scotsman

It's a basic fact: you can never tire of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. And here, in a snapshot of his piano music from the period he spent in Vienna - the last ten years of his life - is a set of performances that capture the eternal effervescence of the Austrian composer.

Gottlieb Wallisch is the pianist, a young Austrian whose youthful zest comes through superlatively in the opening of the D major Sonata (Mozart's last), in the graceful bounce of the B-flat Sonata finale, and more iridescently in the Variations on Unser Dummer Pöbel Meint.

If there is one general reservation it is the slight matter-of-factness in Wallisch's treatment of the slower, more expressive movements.

But the overriding sense is of a young pianist on the verge of an interesting career.

The Scotsman
08 June 2010