Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35 ‘Haffner’, K. 385 & 41 ‘Jupiter’, K. 551; Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major K. 488


London Mozart Players, Harry Blech (conductor), Michael Roll (piano)

HTGCD 209 – 5060332661664

The three performances on this disc are typical of the artistry of Harry Blech, who for some five decades was one of Britain’s best-loved musicians. His two careers – as violinist and quartet leader, then conductor – brought him immense success and fulfilment; and he has a permanent memorial in the orchestra he founded, the London Mozart Players.

These recordings were made in the early 1970s, the symphonies to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the LMP in 1974. The piano concerto showcases the talents of Michael Roll who was the first winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1963. This was his first concerto recording. Despite having a thriving career in the concert hall, Roll has made precious few recordings giving this Heritage release added attraction.

1-3 Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488;

4-7 Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385 ‘Haffner’;

8-11 Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551


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    ‘This is a very timely reminder of a truly committed conductor who was immensely popular with his audiences. His view of the symphonies may be one of a bygone era but they are well worth investigating. It is also to be hoped that Michael Roll can be encouraged to add to his shamefully small recorded output. This marvellous version of the Mozart concerto will surely help the cause.’
    – John Whitmore, MusicWeb International

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