Mozart

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Central to Hélène Grimaud's first live album for Deutsche Grammophon is the significance she finds in the slow movement of the "Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488," of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This movement is a touchstone for her, insofar as she regards it as the most sublime music, "where you find the real Mozart." She has also stated, "Even if this movement were all we had, that would be enough." Because of the emphasis Grimaud places on this poignant Adagio in F sharp minor, listeners may be tempted to cut to the chase and skip the other tracks to hear her interpretation. But to get the full impact and intent of her Mozart, listen from the beginning of this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Central to Hélène Grimaud's first live album for Deutsche Grammophon is the significance she finds in the slow movement of the "Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488," of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This movement is a touchstone for her, insofar as she regards it as the most sublime music, "where you find the real Mozart." She has also stated, "Even if this movement were all we had, that would be enough." Because of the emphasis Grimaud places on this poignant Adagio in F sharp minor, listeners may be tempted to cut to the chase and skip the other tracks to hear her interpretation. But to get the full impact and intent of her Mozart, listen from the beginning of this album. The "Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K. 459," opens the disc, and is followed by the "Recitative and Rondo, K. 505," from "Idomeneo," performed by guest soprano Mojca Erdmann. Grimaud's playing and conducting of the Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra are brisk and boisterous, and her approach is direct and energetic, as fans have experienced in her many recordings of Romantic repertoire. She saves her most expressive playing for the Allegretto of "K. 459," which is an amiable diversion, and the above-mentioned Adagio of "K. 488," which in Grimaud's hands is a dark and troubling exploration of the soul. Note: the cadenzas in "K. 459" are Mozart's, but the first movement cadenza of "K. 488" is by Ferruccio Busoni.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2011
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947794554
  • Catalog Number: 001620402
  • Sales rank: 158,274

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K. 459 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (28:03)
  2. 4–6 Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, recitative and aria for soprano, piano & orchestra, K. 505 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Ute Fesquet (10:19)
  3. 7–9 Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488 - Ferruccio Busoni & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (26:24)
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Performance Credits
Hélène Grimaud Primary Artist
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