Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 25

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Although it is not one of Mozart's most famous piano concertos, K. 271 in E-Flat is one of his most extraordinary. It is in many ways the first great piano concerto, in the modern sense of the term, and Mozart was just 21 when he wrote it. Melodically rich and full of imaginative touches -- like the gorgeous, gentle minuet that lies in the middle of the rollicking finale -- the concerto is already vintage Mozart. Ironically, though, it takes musicians of real sagacity to realize its youthful charm. Alfred Brendel, now in his 70s, does not sparkle in this work as he did on his previous recordings, but there is a quiet beauty to his playing now that seems ...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Although it is not one of Mozart's most famous piano concertos, K. 271 in E-Flat is one of his most extraordinary. It is in many ways the first great piano concerto, in the modern sense of the term, and Mozart was just 21 when he wrote it. Melodically rich and full of imaginative touches -- like the gorgeous, gentle minuet that lies in the middle of the rollicking finale -- the concerto is already vintage Mozart. Ironically, though, it takes musicians of real sagacity to realize its youthful charm. Alfred Brendel, now in his 70s, does not sparkle in this work as he did on his previous recordings, but there is a quiet beauty to his playing now that seems absolutely right. And while he has pared down his sound, there is even more color and subtlety of shading than before. This sensitivity is even more apparent in the C Major Concerto, K. 503, a work bursting with brilliant pageantry. Brendel seems uninterested in the orchestra's pomp, etching out his part with lyrical dignity -- a touching and dramatic effect. Sir Charles Mackerras is a superb partner, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra plays with heart. Not your usual Mozart, then, and all the better for it.
Gramophone - Bryce Morrison
In both widely contrasted concertos, [Brendel] somehow manages to combine a sense of first love and discovery with the sort of unalloyed musicianship that only comes with years of experience. He is also ideally complimented by Sir Charles Mackerras and the CSO.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2002
  • Label: Philips Import
  • UPC: 028947028727
  • Catalog Number: 470287
  • Sales rank: 112,357

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major ("Jeunehomme") K. 271 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Charles Mackerras (34:27)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byCharles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  2. 2 Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Charles Mackerras (33:11)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byCharles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alfred Brendel Primary Artist
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