25. Mozart: 23rd Piano Concerto
[…] Mozart had a pauper’s grave
but he had some strange and glowing creatures at the handles.
Well, that’s what counts.
Excerpt from Screams From The Balcony by Charles Bukowski
Mozart wrote his 23rd Piano Concerto while completing his infamous opera The Marriage Of Figaro. Since it is the least virtuosic of his piano concertos, it is sometimes considered a short instrumental opera. Despite the fact that it lacks a nasty fight between the soloist and the orchestra, the 23rd is one of Mozart's best-loved concertos.
Solomon, Herbert Menges & Philharmonia Orchestra
Critics who know their Claret from a Beaujolais say Solomon’s recording from the fifties with the Philharmonia Orchestra still sets the standard. I find it hard to disagree with that.