Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

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Mozart: Piano Concertos, K.413-15

Mozart: Piano Concertos, K.413-15


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 11 in F major, K413

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K415


In January 1783 Mozart advertised in the Vienna press "the publication of three new, recently completed piano concertos", which could even be played with quartet accompaniment – thus enabling him to reach a wider public. In similar vein, he told his father that they were "very brilliant and pleasing to the ear . . . Here and there only connoisseurs will derive satisfaction from them – yet in such a way that the non-connoisseur will also be pleased, without knowing why."

It’s a fair bet that these dazzling performances by Kristian Bezuidenhout and the Freiburger Barockorchester will meet with the same unanimous approval.

“The rounded tone, singing legato in slow movements and crisp articulation he coaxes from the instrument is far removed from the honky-tonk sounds of earlier attempts at period performances of the concertos...This well-known music sounds spontaneous and freshly conceived.” Sunday Times, 21st August 2016

“a delightfully spirited performance from Kristian Bezuidenhout … this is the very opposite of ‘museum piece Mozart’, so alive and responsive” Record Review, 26th August 2016

“Bezuidenhout is an imaginative and engaging soloist, getting a variety of colours from his fortepiano.” Financial Times, 26th August 2016

“Though listed as director, Goltz is often closer to that of conductor, paying assiduous attention to instrumental balance, supporting or asserting as required. Only in the first movement of K414 is he a touch prosaic; otherwise he grants Bezuidenhout (who also plays continuo and uses the moderator for variations in tonal colour) the space needed for his searching interpretations. Every cadenza and lead-in is by Mozart; every slow movement is played with feeling. Very fine indeed” Classical Ear, 14th October 2016

“There’s plenty of interpretative freedom...as the soloist takes Mozart’s scores as a starting point rather than as the gospel handed down from above...he is superbly responsive to the music’s high spirits and to the possibilities inherent in these scores.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

“These are dazzling and at times unusually searching performances.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2016

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2016

BBC Music Magazine

Concerto Choice - December 2016

Harmonia Mundi Bezuidenhout Mozart Series - HMC902218

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 17

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 17


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453


Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel is one of the most important exponents of the German-Viennese classic and romantic traditions, whose intellectual rigor and poetic spirit has enriched the public for more than 60 years.

The main focus throughout his extensive concert and recording career has been on interpreting Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms.

Being one of the founding fathers of the German-Viennese classical tradition, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s contribution to music history speaks for itself. More specifically, one of his greatest achievements in composition is the piano concerto. While improvising and experimenting from the keyboard, he masterly combined instrumental and operatic styles. This interaction between instrumental and operatic elements can particularly be heard in the last movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17, which on this album is coupled with his Piano Concerto No. 12. This latest release in PENTATONE’s remastered Classics series presents a 1970 Philips Classics recording of the two piano concertos in a performance by Alfred Brendel, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Alfred Brendel, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 & Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 & Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor


Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Marc Daniel van Biemen (violin)

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Weiyin Chen (piano)


Camerata RCO

Gutman Records - CD152

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Bach, Mozart & Haydn: Piano Concertos

Bach, Mozart & Haydn: Piano Concertos


Bach, J S:

Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV1056

Haydn:

Keyboard Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob.XVIII:2

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

First Release on CD


In an edition of several releases on Eloquence devoted to the artistry of the great Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha’s Decca recordings comes the first release on CD of her recording, with David Zinman, of Mozart’s delectable A major Concerto KV 414. Coupled exactly as per the original LP (SXL 6952), this release offers up Larrocha’s subtlety of phrasing and nimble fingerwork in the Bach and Haydn Concertos. The ‘gypsy’ finale of the latter is something she clearly relishes. Everywhere, the playing is, according Jeremy Nicholas, who writes the notes for this release, ‘supremely elegant, employing unforced tempi in the two outer movements with a minimum use of the pedal, played with a lyrical grace and always that warm, limpid tone’. This issue forms part of an on-going series of Alicia de Larrocha’s Decca recordings.

“delightfully fresh … spontaneity and joy in the music-making … the sound is wonderfully vivid and clear” Gramophone Magazine, 1981

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Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 12, 13 & 14

Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 12, 13 & 14

The Chamber Version


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K415

Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat major, K449


Gottlieb Wallisch (piano)

Piatti Quartet

Winners of the St. Martins in the Fields Chamber Music Competition and two Hattori Foundation Awards, the Piatti Quartet is fast emerging as one of the UK’s leading young string quartets.

The Quartet’s debut recording features master Mozartian Gottlieb Wallisch in a stunning performance of his fellow Austrian’s own rarely-heard chamber orchestrations in ‘Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12, 13 & 14’.

In contrast to the orchestral version the ensemble strikingly enhances the intricacies of the string writing and encourages immediate interaction among the five musicians.

Wallisch and the Piatti Quartet performed this repertoire to packed audiences at various venues and festivals across the UK in the summer and autumn of 2011.

In 2012 the Piatti Quartet (Charlotte Scott 1st violin, Michael Trainor 2nd violin, David Wigram viola, Jessie Ann Richardson cello) were chosen for the UK-wide ‘Future Classics Classical Tour’ designed to promote the ‘stars of tomorrow’.

The Quartet has performed at both the Newbury Spring Festival and the Bath International Festivals plus major UK venues UK including the Purcell room, Conway Hall, St Georges (Bristol), The Queens Hall (Edinburgh) and has made numerous appearances live on BBC Radio 3.

Named a Steinway Artist in 2012, Gottlieb Wallisch is a competition prize-winner and a respected artist in the Viennese piano tradition.

Wallisch has performed with many leading orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales and has appeared at leading festivals and in major concert halls including the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, Musikhalle Hamburg and Singapore Arts Festival amongst others.

“Wallisch is a robust, rather plain-speaking Mozartian, more concerned with the long view than poetic detail...There are good things in the two earlier concertos: say, the care for a broad, singing line in the solemn Andante of K414, and Wallisch's clarity and vigour in K415's contrapuntal sallies” Gramophone Magazine, August 2013

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Perfect Weekend

Perfect Weekend


Bach, J S:

Concerto for Three Keyboards in D minor, BWV1063

Concerto in F minor for harpsichord : Largo

Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV1046: Menuetto

Bist du bei mir, BWV508

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 3 in B major, Op. 9 No. 3

Debussy:

Images for orchestra: II. Ibéria: Les parfums de la nuit

Rêverie

Dvorak:

Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22: Larghetto

Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 (B166) 'Dumky': Lento maestoso

Elgar:

Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)

Fauré:

Sicilienne from Pelléas et Mélisande

Liszt:

Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)

Massenet:

Elégie

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Symphony No. 28 in C major, K200: I. Allegro spiritoso

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466: II. Romanze

Rondo alla Turca from Piano Sonata No. 11, K331

Flute & Harp Concerto in C major, K299 - Andantino

Schubert:

Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4

Shostakovich:

Jazz Suite No. 2 - Waltz No. 2

Tchaikovsky:

The Snow Maiden, Op. 12: Schneeflöckchen

Swan Lake – Final Scene Act IV

The Seasons, Op. 37b: June (Barcarolle)

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: Mélodie in E flat major


Sony - 88697480302

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Mozart-Contrasts: Piano Concertos Nos. 12, 13 & 26

Mozart-Contrasts: Piano Concertos Nos. 12, 13 & 26

and piano works in minor keys


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Camerata Bern, Erich Hobarth

Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K415

Camerata Bern, Erich Hobarth

Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K537 'Coronation'

Camerata Bern, Erich Hobarth

Fantasia in D minor, K397

Fantasia in C minor, K475

Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457

Rondo in A minor, K511

Adagio in B minor, K540


Oliver Schnyder (piano)

RCA - 88697323172

(CD - 2 discs)

$17.00

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Mozart: Great Piano Concertos Volume 1

Mozart: Great Piano Concertos Volume 1


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K271 "Jeunehomme"

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K537 'Coronation'


Mitsuko Uchida, Vladimir Ashkenazy & Homero Francesch (piano)

“The prize of these three… concertos, both as to the work and the performance, is the E flat Concerto, K271. Mitsuko Uchida plays it with an ideal combination of passion and poise, letting no point escape her, but never going in for irritating emphases. And the same goes for the conducting of Jeffrey Tate, above all in the great slow movement, which is an anguished aria for soloist and grieving orchestral accompaniment.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2005

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EuroArts Mozart Great Piano Concertos - 2010218

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 14

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 14


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat major, K449


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Early Music

DG Archiv - 4134632

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 11-13

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 11-13


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 11 in F major, K413

Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K415

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414


Sigiswald Kuijken (first violin), Veronica Kuijken, Marie Kuijken (fortepiano)

La Petite Bande

Mozart conceived the 3 piano-concerti KV 414, 413 and 415 in 1782, one year after he had settled in Vienna as a more or less free-lance musician. From onset, his idea was to get these works (KV 414, 413 and 415) published; he obviously expected a positive response from the public, not only on the financial level but also as a composer and piano virtuoso. In order to enhance the attraction for his publication, he decided to write these concertos in such a way that they could be performed not only with full orchestra (i.e. strings and winds), but also with a reduced accompaniment of only string quartet. Clearly, Mozart did not consider this strategic starting point as an artistic limitation, but rather as a challenge: in fact, already the score without the wind parts should leave nothing to be desired. This resulted in a very careful and beautiful string writing, matching the solo part in the most effective and intimate way. The wind parts were then conceived to accentuate and “colour” certain passages in the accompaniment with even more depth.

Although Mozart in his announcements and the print of these concerti always mentions the “normal” composition of the string quartet (2 violins, viola and violoncello), I took the liberty to replace the violoncello by a double bass in our performances and our recording of these concertos. My reason was purely musical. Looking and listening to these works, we find a clear difference concerning their string-bass writing compared with Mozart’s own quartets for violin, viola, violoncello and piano, or also his trios for violin, violoncello and piano.

In these piano concertos the string bass is only playing the essential bass-line of the whole texture, thus very often doubling in simplified way the soloist’s left hand. Therefore, in fact this so called “violoncello” part shows exactly what the usual “basso” parts show in orchestral works or generally in the more conventional divertimento-style: offering and strengthening the (highly necessary) fundamental bass on which the whole of the construction is resting. So replacing the violoncello by a double bass in this reduced version of these concertos seems to me an obvious choice.

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