Widely praised for her interpretations of Chopin, Janina Fialkowska here returns to the chamber versions of Mozart piano concertos, continuing a series she began with Nos 11 and 12. Again we hear intimate Mozart, rescored by the composer for household use, in the hope that the Viennese enthusiasm for domestic string playing would win him new devotees and make him some money. Fialkowska's refined delicacy suits this arrangement admirably, forcing us to revisit the music afresh and listen again to the clean lines of accompaniment delineated so strikingly by string quartet and double bass. It's so arresting that it seems unnecessary to add yet another recording of the string serenade in G (Eine kleine Nachtmusik) as a make-weight.
Mozart: Piano Concertos 13 & 14 – review
Janina Fialkowska (piano), Chamber Players of Canada
Stephen Pritchard has written on classical music for most of his 45 years in journalism. He was the Observer's first readers' editor, and prior to that was a managing editor and production editor