Today's Classical Music Video

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Solti, Barenboim and Schiff Play Mozart


Not one conductor this week but two - and perhaps a third if you count Schiff - and three first-rate pianists all in the same performance. Mozart's Concerto for Three Pianos. As the senior artist involved Sir Georg Solti does the conducting but Daniel and Barenboim or Andras Schiff probably could have done it just as well. Solti was the distinguished music director of the Chicago Symphony and Daniel Barenboim was his successor in that post. Andras Schiff is seen in public and on recordings mostly as a pianist but he does conduct now and again.

This is an historic video; a rare occasion for such great artists to appear together. And, of course, Solti is no longer with us. The English Chamber Orchestra is the ensemble here and they recorded all the Mozart Piano Concertos with Barenboim as soloist and conductor for EMI.

Paul E. Robinson

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