Lympany: Mozart Piano Concertos K. 414 & K. 467 - HMV CLP 1038
Jacket NM / LP EX
UK pressing - plum label - mono
In K. 467, Lympany plays the seldom heard cadenzas of August Winding in Mvt I and Paul Klengel (Mvt III).
Wrote The Gramophone: "Now that Dame Moura Lympany, after so many years of rare professionalism, musical dedication and integrity, has ended her performing career (though thankfully personal appearances and master-classes are planned by way of compensation), this recorded tribute comes as a special blessing. For long associated with the romantic virtuoso repertoire which she played with an unalloyed polish and graciousness, Dame Moura possessed the most catholic of tastes and her 1955 disc of Mozart’s Concertos, K414 and K467, is surely among her finest offerings. As limpid and quietly stylish as I remember them, the readings are a true mirror of Mozart’s hauntingly unforced, subtle and civilized discourse. From such an artist everything sounds as natural as breathing, a classic case of art disguising art, and a distillation accessible to only the finest and most musicianly of pianists. Every change of mood, every subtlety of modulation is registered without fuss, narcissism or the sort of self-consciousness so often taken for an authentic style. You may miss the underlying intensity that makes you hang on every note of, say, Annie Fischer’s recording of K467, yet Dame Moura’s performance is of superfine quality and in impeccable taste. There are distinguished contributions from individual members of the Philharmonia and although the orchestra under Herbert Menges occasionally moves with a heavier tread than their soloist, they are none the less satisfyingly robust with no scaling down of drama or gesture. Incidentally, cadenzas in K467 are by Winding and Klengel, both providing high spots of uninhibited brio."