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Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos 19 & 23

Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer Ronald Brautigam
Die Kölner Akademie
Michael Alexander Willens, conductor
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-1964 SACD
EAN 7318599919645
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Feb 2013
Total time 50'00


Limelight Magazine, June 2013: ”…Brautigam plays gloriously. His touch, clarity and tempi are hard to fault and Die Kölner Akademie under Michael Alexander Willens are engaging companions…”

In just two years, between 1784 and 1786, Mozart composed no less than twelve piano concertos – a staggering number. Often described as one of the most light-hearted and buoyant among these is the Concerto in F major K459, sometimes called ‘the second Coronation Concerto’. The nickname comes from the fact that Mozart would later choose to perform it, along with the ‘Coronation Concerto’ in D major, during the festivities surrounding the coronation of Emperor Leopold II in Frankfurt-am-Main in 1790. Its companion work on this fourth disc in Ronald Brautigam’s survey hails from the same period: begun in 1784, the Concerto in A major K488 was completed in March 1786, at the same time as Mozart was putting the finishing touches to his opera Le nozze di Figaro. It is one of only three piano concertos in which Mozart uses clarinets in the orchestra, resulting in a very particular sound world, especially in the magical slow movement. Mozart clearly held the work in high regard, and described it as one of his most select compositions ‘which I keep just for myself and an élite circle of music lovers’, and later audiences have agreed with him. Ronald Brautigam has been described as ‘an absolutely instinctive Mozartian… with melodic playing of consummate beauty’ (International Record Review), and he is once again supported by the period orchestra Die Kölner Akademie conducted by Michael Alexander Willens in a partnership which more than one reviewer has termed ‘ideal’.
 
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  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  Piano Concerto No.19 in F major, K 459 24'47
01 I. Allegro 11'12
02 II. Allegretto 6'19
03 III. Allegro assai 7'16
 
  Piano Concerto No.23 in A major, K 488 23'52
04 I. Allegro 10'34
05 II. Adagio 5'33
06 III. Allegro assai 7'45
 
  Album total 50'00
ComposerMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
ConductorWillens, Michael Alexander
OrchestraKölner Akademie, Die
FortepianoBrautigam, Ronald

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