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

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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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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9, 11 & 12

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9, 11 & 12


Mozart:

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

Piano Concerto No. 11 in F major, K413

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414


Arthur Schoonderwoerd (fortepiano copy after Anton Walter c1782)

Cristofori

Arthur Schoonderwoerd, one of today's most sought-after interpreters on the fortepiano, presents the sixth volume of Mozart's piano concertos on the Accent label with this release of three early concertos, nos. 9, 11 and 12. As they have already done on their previous issues, the aim of Schoonderwoerd and his ensemble Cristofori here is to liberate Mozart's works from traditional 19th-century sound concepts. Each string part in the orchestra is played by just one performer; the result is a very slender, transparent sound that supports the solo instrument without ever obscuring.

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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

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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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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

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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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DG Archiv - 4134632

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Mozart: Concertos for Piano and Orchestra Nos. 12 & 18

Mozart: Concertos for Piano and Orchestra Nos. 12 & 18


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat major, K456


Lili Kraus (piano)

Vienna Festival Orchestra, Stephen Simon

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