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This is the second volume of Christian Blackshaw’s concert recordings from the Wigmore Hall (these were recorded 23 May 2012). Born in Cheshire, Blackshaw was absent from the limelight for a long time in this country, so it is good to see him back in fine form. There is no greater compliment to Blackshaw that this ongoing set surely ranks with the greats and that he appears to be one of the foremost Mozart interpreters of the day. He honours the basic mood of each movement impeccably, from the brilliance and quirkiness of the first movement of the B flat (K281) to the sparkling staccato of the G major’s first movement (K283). All movements exude a sense of rightness, but perhaps above all it is the slow movements that impress. In each and every one, concentration is unflagging, while melodies sing vocally, as if from a Mozart opera aria.

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