This adventurous program of pieces both by W.A. Mozart and ones inspired by his musical genius spans genres and continents and ends up being exceptionally pleasing and lovely.
"After the opening flourishes and charming interludes of the first movement of Mozart's mature Sonata K. 448 for 2 Pianos, played with energy and precision by Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl … [comes] a quartet of improvisatory pieces by contemporary jazz masters Mick Baumeister (out of Berlin) and Richie Beirach (out of New York), plus Franz Liszt (out of the past). The coolest jazz is Baumeister's 14-minute 'Vicious Circle.'… The recital ends with … Mozart's very early four-hand Sonata K. 19d … charming, heavily influenced by the galant style represented by J.C. Bach, and already with a superb sense of theater…. As they get deeper into the music the brothers Stenzl add some 'jazzy' twists and elaborations…. Recorded in the studios of the Southwest German Radio in Stuttgart, the sound is quite lovely and takes volume exceptionally well."—Audiophile Audition