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Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos 24 & 25

Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer Ronald Brautigam
Die Kölner Akademie
Michael Alexander Willens, conductor
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-1894 SACD
EAN 7318599918945
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Sep 2011
Total time 55'29


Composed in 1786, the Piano Concertos Nos 24 in C minor and 25 in C major are regarded as two of Mozart's finest achievements in the genre. Both are large-scale works, with durations of more than 25 minutes each – the C major concerto is in fact one of the most expansive of all classical piano concertos, rivalling Beethoven’s fifth concerto. Their grandeur immediately made them popular fare in the concert hall – Mendelssohn, for instance, had No.24 in his repertoire through the 1820s and 1830s – and new recordings appear regularly. It is nevertheless relatively rare to hear them performed on original instruments and with orchestral forces corresponding to what Mozart himself would have been familiar with. On his copy of a fortepiano from 1795 and with the congenial support of Die Kölner Akademie under Michael Alexander Willens, Ronald Brautigam therefore offers us a welcome opportunity to experience these masterpieces as they may have sounded when Mozart himself performed them. The first release in the team’s traversal of Mozart’s concertos, which included the ‘Jeunehomme’ Concerto No.9, was released in 2010 and caused the reviewer in International Record Review to describe the soloist as ‘an absolutely instinctive Mozartian, with… melodic playing of consummate beauty’, going on to congratulate him on finding the ‘ideal partners’ for the project.’
 
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  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K 491 26'34
01 I. Allegro 12'06
02 II. Larghetto 5'58
03 III. Allegretto 8'30
 
  Piano Concerto No.25 in C major, K 503 27'49
04 I. Allegro maestoso 13'28
05 II. Andante 6'08
06 III. Allegretto 8'13
 
  Album total 55'29
ComposerMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
OrchestraKölner Akademie, Die
ConductorWillens, Michael Alexander
FortepianoBrautigam, Ronald

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