Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 25

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 25


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453

Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503


Arguably the world’s greatest Mozart interpreter plays and conducts two of his most popular piano concerti.

“Superior Mozart Pianist" Mitsuko Uchida (Chicago Tribune) concludes her Grammy Award winning series of Mozart Piano Concerto recordings with the Cleveland Orchestra.

This fifth and final instalment of the series includes two of the composers greatest works.

This new recording has her directing the orchestra from the piano herself, in the manner of which 18th century audiences might have been accustomed.

“As accompanist, Uchida is the most generous of colleagues, withdrawing her sound to a whisper. By contrast, the cadenzas (Mozart’s own) are wondrously shaded, and in that of the slow movement [of K453] she plumbs the depths before drawing to an ethereal close of considerable beauty…if you’re already collecting this series, you’ll need no encouragement from me. But for K453 in particular, this is a winner.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

“Uchida brings to them a sense of opera buffa comedy in the outer movements and a singing cantabile in the andantes that have always been her hallmarks...The cadenzas are Mozart’s, and the entire performances emblematic of a player who has devoted the best part of her life to his music.” Sunday Times, 27th November 2016

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Decca - 4830716

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Mozart: Piano Concertos, Vol. 1

Mozart: Piano Concertos, Vol. 1


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453

Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat major, K456

Divertimento in B flat major, K137


After demonstrating their ‘innate love and understanding of Haydn’s music in performances of the expected vivacity and insight’ (BBC Music – CHAN10808), Bavouzet and Takács-Nagy, the latter conducting his Manchester Camerata, now explore Mozart’s extraordinarily prolific year 1784 in this new series.

Two of the six concertos composed that year are heard here, each unusual for having been written by Mozart for another pianist and for featuring a central Andante, instead of the more common Adagio.

This is a unique version that, as Bavouzet stresses in his booklet note, ‘although played unequivocally on modern instruments, contrasts with those versions made not so very long ago, which used a large orchestra incorporating sixteen violins and eight double-basses’. He adds: ‘a versions which also will take into account a number of performing practices current in Mozart’s time, such as the use of a solo quartet to accompany certain well-defined passages in which the piano is predominant. A version which in one way or another aims to link tradition and modernity.’

“There’s splendid playing from both Bavouzet and the Manchester Camerata under Gábor Takacs-Nagy: a passionate account of the extraordinary moment in the finale of K456…or the hushed atmosphere of the minor mode variation in the last movement of K453…a beautiful account of the much earlier Divertimento K137 is a welcome bonus” BBC Music Magazine, February 2017 ****

“Tremendous performances of Mozart concertos in their own right, but spiced up by some deliciously acerbic cadenzas.” MusicWeb International, 29th November 2016

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Chandos - CHAN10929

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 27& Fantasia in C Minor

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 27& Fantasia in C Minor


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

Sophie Mayuko Vetter (piano)

Hamburger Symphoniker, Peter Ruzicka

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453

Sophie Mayuko Vetter (piano)

Hamburger Symphoniker, Peter Ruzicka

Violin Concerto D major, K.App. 56/K315f

completed by R. Levin

Rainer Kussmaul (violin)

Hamburger Symphoniker, Peter Ruzicka

Fantasia in C minor, K396

arr. and completed by M. Stadler for violin and piano

Sophie Mayuko Vetter (piano) & Rainer Kussmaul (violin)


Sophie Mayuko Vetter presents us here with W. A. Motart's final Piano Concerto, K. 595, also regarded as the masters most mature work in this genre. It is joined by the Piano Concerto No. 17, written by Mozart for his pupil Barbara Ployer.

Encores can also be heard with Rainer Kussmaul, performing in both the unfinished Concerto in D major for Violin, Piano and Orchestra and in the C.minor Fantasia.

Oehms - OC1849

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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 Concertos Nos. 17 & 27

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 27


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595


Angela Hewitt (piano)

Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Hannu Lintu

Angela Hewitt turns to two of Mozart’s greatest and most popular concertos for her latest album. Together with her frequent collaborators, the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova and brilliant Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu, she presents these works in performances which are both elegantly stylish and profoundly felt. This release is completed by a personal reflection on the music by Hewitt herself in the accompanying booklet.

“Hewitt displays her pianistic talents to full advantage. Particularly enjoyable are the concluding variations, with their opera buffa-style coda, in which she seems completely at one with the alert playing of the Mantua Chamber Orchestra under Hannu Lintu.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ****

“[Hewitt] weights the finale [of K491] to reflect rumination or melancholia, and propounds it supremely well too...Yet the Andante evokes the finest in her, its trajectory exposed through pathos and proud gesture.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2013

“[the Presto of K453] is brilliantly done, anmd this is a brilliant performance all round.” International Record Review, May 2013

“The sound is wonderfully clean and focused, with an ideal balance between Hewitt’s customary Fazioli piano and the orchestra...a Mozart release to cherish.” The Telegraph, 10th May 2013

Hyperion Angela Hewitt Complete Mozart Piano Concertos - CDA67919

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 22

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 22


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453

Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482

Rondo for Piano & Orchestra in A major, K386


Kristian Bezuidenhout [fortepiano: Paul McNulty, Divisov, Czech Republic, 2009, after Anton Walter & Sohn, Vienna, 1805]

Freiburger Barockorchester, Petra Müllejans

"Early on in the planning of these sessions, we decided that the microphone placement would be very different from traditional set-ups. After much experimentation, we opted for a layout very much like theatre in the round, with the keyboard in the very centre, winds in a line facing the solo instrument, and the strings as a sort of envelope all around and behind the piano. Crucially, it brings the winds – such operatic characters in Mozart’s Viennese concertos – very much to the fore of the sonic picture; it also encourages a much more natural and vivid interplay between the piano and the wind band. It has meant that the kind of keyboard-dominated sound one sometimes encounters, has been replaced by what E. T. A. Hoffmann described as a symphony with piano obbligato – the piano, playing both solo and continuo, darts in and out of the lush orchestral texture; at times, incredibly prominent, at other moments, purely accompanimental. Mozart’s sensational gifts as an improviser are well known by now, and indeed there are frequent places in the piano part where embellishment is an obligatory element of the stylistic grammar. Our feeling was that this spirit of spontaneity should extend to the orchestra as well. One will notice that the solo wind instruments depart from the text on numerous occasions; these ornaments were partly pre-planned, partly refined and revised by the wonderful wind principals of the FBO. After all, Mozart was writing for some of the most gifted and wellrespected wind soloists of the time, and although it is hard to prove, I find it difficult to imagine that he would have frowned on his collaborators’ natural tendency to introduce subtle embellishments." Kristian Bezuidenhout

Kristian Bezuidenhout's next release on harmonia mundi USA will be Volume 4 of his solo Mozart project which has received unanimously good, sometimes great, reviews, including IRR Outstanding, Gramophone Recommends, CD Review Disc of the Week and a BBC Music Magazine Choice.

“Bezuidenhout plays with his usual brilliance and subtlety and with inventive ornamentation. But the instrument’s meagre tone, in comparison with the orchestra, is all too apparent...the Freiburg players’ splendidly forceful, incisive tuttis only underline the disparity.” Sunday Times, 4th November 2012

“'s the irrepressible imagination and vitality of Bezuidenhout's playing, the range of colour and touch he obtains from his keyboard, and the way he uses it to throw new light on detail that give these performances their really distinctive flavour.” The Guardian, 8th November 2012 ****

“the fortepiano’s most persuasive performer...Bezuidenhout still shapes and shades this music with almost romantic finesse, and releases the historic instrument’s full expressive potential. In every register the sound changes: proudly growling down in the bass, bird-bright in the treble reaches, round and velvety in the middle.” The Times, 23rd November 2012 ****

“This is a bold, even uncompromising issue, and may not be one for the faint-hearted...Articulation is ultra-crisp, and forte often feels like sforzando...The net effect throughout is vivid, always interesting, sometimes exciting, occasionally prissy, even a little didactic: for all that, I have greatly enjoyed it” International Record Review, December 2012

“Bezuidenhout [has] carved out [a] considerable reputation in this repertoire.” Early Music Review, December 2012

“I found this immediately thrilling; the extreme textural and dynamic variations give the music terrific bite … his playing is always imaginative and constantly engaging” International Piano, January/February 2013

“remarkably consistent in relation to the previous three volumes, regarding the fortepianist's superb technical acumen and musical intelligence, as well as interpretative affectations that seem more precious than stylish...however, Bezuidenhout's spirited style and authoritative fingerwork never operate at less than world-class standards.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

“Bezuidenhout gives us characteristically thought-provoking performances of two of the great Mozart Concertos. Particularly felicitous is his use of solo orchestra strings for some of the music's most intimate moments...Altogether a rewarding disc and one that Bezuidenhout's many admirers will not want to be without.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2013 ****

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 10 & 17

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 10 & 17


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453

Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Paul Angerer

Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra No. 10 in E flat, K365

with Walter Klein (piano)

Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Paul Angerer

Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448

with Walter Klein (piano)


Brendel’s Mozart credentials are very much in evidence in these performances. The 17th concerto was highly acclaimed when it first appeared on the Vox label in the 1960s and it is arguable that his collaboration with Walter Klein in recording the concerto and sonata for two pianos has never been surpassed.

“The transfer might leave the Vienna Volksoper orchestra (not the Staatsoper as credited) sounding a little glassy, but Brendel and Klein are suavely matched in the give-and-take of the two-piano works.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2012 ****

“What is at once astonishing and delightful about these performances is that the constant technical problem of ensemble between the two pianos is never allowed to take precedence over the business of music-making. Some of the rival versions of the concerto may in fact keep even more impeccably together, but none presents us with such consistently beautiful—and meaningful— phrasing.” Gramophone Magazine (Concerto for Two Pianos)

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 14, 17, 25 & 26

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 14, 17, 25 & 26


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat major, K449

London Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Collins

Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503

New Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Collins

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

New Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Collins

Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K576 'Hunt'

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453

Orchestra, Paul Angerer

Rondo in D major, K485

Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310


Friedrich Gulda has become something of a cult figure in the music world. This 2CD set presents him in Mozart recordings – both concertos and solo works – largely for Decca, with one item, the Piano Concerto No. 17, recorded for Amadeo.

Born in Vienna in 1930, Gulda began formal lessons aged seven with Felix Pazofsky, and within five years had graduated to the Vienna Music Academy. The Viennese classics – especially Mozart and Beethoven – quickly established themselves at the heart of Gulda’s performing repertoire but he was also a remarkable jazz performer. It was while he was rapidly absorbing jazz into his musical bloodstream that Gulda cut his first Mozart concerto recordings for Decca, starting in 1954 with KV 449. His accompanists, as on the coupling of KV 505 and 537 recorded almost exactly a year later, were the New Symphony Orchestra of London, a studio ensemble of hand-picked players, and conductor-composer Anthony Collins, who during the same period recorded the first complete cycle of Sibelius’s symphonies with the London Symphony Orchestra. What strikes one in particular about these recordings is their surprisingly ‘modern’ approach, free of Romantic rhetoric, with speeds effortlessly maintained and rhythms kept buoyant and sparkling, matched by a beguiling textural clarity and staccato precision.

The more overtly affectionate Viennese recording of KV 453 dates from 1960 and features another ad-hoc group, this time selected by Gulda himself, under Paul Angerer, a Hans Swarowsky protégé who was then rapidly establishing his conducting credentials having spent the early part of his career playing viola in the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

Mozart’s piano sonatas are often treated as second-class citizens by comparison with the concertos, yet for Gulda they were an essential part of his creative output. ‘The sonatas are private preliminary conversations leading to the operas,’ he reasoned. Gulda’s first recordings for Decca were captured in 1947 and the following year he turned his hands to Chopin and Mozart’s KV 576 Sonata, a reading whose micro-inflected tonal purity and seamless cantabile is reminiscent of Dinu Lipatti.

Bringing Gulda’s lifelong devotion to Mozart full close, he once expressed a peculiar desire to die on Mozart’s birthday. Remarkably, on 27 January 2000, exactly 244 years after Mozart was born, Gulda passed away, aged 69.

“Friedrich Gulda is in attentive mode in this predominantly well-behaved Mozart. There's delicacy and bite by turn, though little of the spontaneity one hopes for.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 ***

“Admirably clean, well balanced, true recording of a wise-like (i.e. gracious-cum-judicious) performance” Gramophone Magazine (Sonata No. 18)

“In the Andantino and the finale, the pianist’s neat, deft playing, his sure sense of balance and admirable control, bear their rewards … Mozart’s music is allowed to speak for itself, and does so, eloquently.” Gramophone Magazine (Concerto No. 14)

“Gulda's playing is impeccable … The orchestral playing is distinctly good … The recording is first-rate” Gramophone Magazine (Concertos 25 & 26)

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Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 27

Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 27


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595


Alfred Brendel (piano)

Vienna Volksoper Orchestra, Paul Angerer

Alto - ALC1114

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 18

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 18


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453

Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat major, K456


Sony - CD36686

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