Lars Vogt’s ‘lyrical’ Brahms and ‘profound’ Mozart

Congratulations to Lars Vogt for outstanding performances of Brahms and Mozart for the BBC.

Congratulations to Lars Vogt for outstanding back-to-back performances of Brahms and Mozart for the BBC.

Following his performance of Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Music Director Thierry Fischer in Cardiff last weekend, the Guardian wrote: “Lars Vogt weighted [the harmonies] with great sensitivity, bringing a silky tone to the lyricism of the adagio and a gracefully dancing quality to the finale.”

Four days later, Vogt’s interpretation of Mozart’s rarely performed Piano Concerto K451 with the BBC Symphony under Jiri Belohlavek was received with great affection and critical acclaim:

“Vogt is the most perceptive of Mozarteans.  He has that rare ability to surprise the listener with a sudden change of perspective.  There was no pretence of profundity here, but, whilst this particular Mozart piano concerto is not amongst the greatest of them, K451 richly repays the craft of fine music-making.  In its flowing Andante Vogt resisted the temptation to over-inflate Mozart’s unpretentious material, yet dovetailed beautifully with the flute, oboe and bassoon so that the movement became almost a wind serenade with piano obbligato, whilst in the finale there is an infectious gaiety and spontaneity which these performers caught like a butterfly on the wing.” (Classical Source).

The Mozart was broadcast live on Radio 3.  Click here to listen again (available until Wednesday 9 February).

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