In this much requested re-issue, Chandos presents the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra performing Mozart’s Concerto for two pianos and Sinfonia concertante.
Both these works were written in Salzburg. The Concerto for two pianos was intended for performance by Mozart and his sister. With his justly famous Sinfonia concertante, boundlessly energetic in the outer movements and including a slow movement of quite remarkable poignancy, Mozart achieved one of his finest orchestral works before arriving in Vienna.
Under Iona Brown’s direction the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra became one of the finest such orchestras in the world. Gramophone made this recording ‘Critics’ Choice’ on its original release, describing it as bringing ‘performances at once scintillating and polished’. Classic CD wrote of the performances, ‘Iona Brown has the full measure of these works’ individuality and her direction, always alert to the implications of modulations, tempo and dynamic markings, is outstanding’.