BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.4
Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Camille Saint-Saens
JOHN ROBILETTE, piano
New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia
Rossen Milanov, Conductor
"Robilette gives a fine performance, and the orchestra plays very well. Competition is tough, but Robilette holds his own...(He) plays the Mozart Rondo much the way Schnabel or Edwin Fischer would have."
American Record Guide, 2002
It is always refreshing to encounter an artist of individuality, such as the American pianist John Robilette, whose style recalls the “old school” of Cortot and Schnabel, with whose assistants he has studied. Since his Kennedy Center debut in 1984, Robilette has explored some unusual projects, including directing a Government sponsored international artists programme; and repertoire, aspects of which are evident here, especially the intriguing idea behind his recording of Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto. The inclusion of cadenzas by both Beethoven and Saint-Saens to be chosen and programmed in, at will, by the listener, enables an unique exploration of the relationship between the Classic and Romantic pianistic styles, enabling an aural comparison that highlights fascinating similarities and contrasts of stylistic strategies. For this feature alone, the CD is of compelling interest.
Bela Bernard-Arietta, Spring 2002, Volume 3 (London)
PROGRAMLUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Concert Rondo in D major, K.382
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22