Saturday, October 29, 2011

Wanda Landowska: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22

Wanda Landowska performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No 22 in E flat Major (KV 482), 1st movement (Allegro), with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Artur Rodziński, conducting, in New York City, December 2, 1945. The second movement is here; and the third here.


Rodziński , a conductor of Polish origins, was musical director of the New York Philharmonic between 1943 and 1947, when he resigned and joined the  Chicago Symphony Orchestra for one season, again resigning over artistic control. During Rodziński 's four-year tenure in New York, the orchestra performed weekly live broadcasts on CBS radio. As for Landowska, who played music in the grand manner, notably on harpsichord, it's nice to also hear one of her few recordings on the piano.