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Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos 5 & 6 etc

Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer Ronald Brautigam
Die Kölner Akademie
Michael Alexander Willens, conductor
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-2084 SACD
EAN 7318599920849
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Feb 2016
Total time 69'30


On the final stretch of their series of Mozart’s piano concertos, Ronald Brautigam, Michael Willens and Die Kölner Akademie are working their way backwards through the composer’s catalogue. Here, on the penultimate disc, they have reached the earliest of the original works, composed in 1773 and 1776 respectively. Piano Concerto No 5 K175 was to become one of Mozart’s most popular piano concertos following his relocation to Vienna in the early 1780s. Mozart himself performed it often, and held it in such high regard that he found it worthwhile to compose a new finale for it in 1782. (The present recording retains the original finale, but the replacement – a Rondo – is included on BIS-2064.) No doubt the work’s majestic scoring, which includes trumpets and timpani, contributed to its appeal. In contrast, Concerto No.6, K 238, has a light and delicate scoring with an orchestra consisting of two oboes, two horns and strings. In the slow movement a pair of flutes replaces the oboes, and with the lower strings playing pizzicato and the upper strings using mutes, a memorably luminous quality is achieved. Preceding these two concertos in Mozart's list of works are a number of ‘pasticcio’ arrangements, all made from earlier keyboard sonatas by other composers. Four of these, Concertos Nos. 1-4, will appear on the next and final disc in the series, while three others, grouped under the number K 107 in the Köchel catalogue, are included here. Based on sonatas by Johann Christian Bach, Mozart's arrangements are scored for keyboard, two violins and ’basso’. These ‘pasticcios’ are here performed by a chamber ensemble, with Ronald Brautigam being joined by three members of Die Kölner Akademie: the violinists Peter Hanson and Marie-Luise Hartmann and Albert Brüggen on the cello.
 
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  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  Piano Concerto No.5 in D major, K175 19'21
01 I. Allegro 7'57
02 II. Andante ma un poco adagio 6'48
03 III. Allegro 4'36
 
  Piano Concerto No.6 in B flat major, K238 18'43
04 I. Allegro aperto 6'41
05 II. Andante un poco adagio 5'11
06 III. Rondeau. Allegro 6'51
 
  Three Concertos after J.C. Bach, K107: Concerto I in D major 12'27
07 I. Allegro 4'55
08 II. Andante 3'54
09 III. Tempo di Menuetto 3'38
 
  Three Concertos after J.C. Bach, K107: Concerto II in G major 9'19
10 I. Allegro 3'51
11 II. Thema. Allegretto – Variations I–III 5'28
 
  Three Concertos after J.C. Bach, K107: Concerto III in E flat major 8'01
12 I. Allegro 5'03
13 II. Allegretto 2'58
 
  Album total 69'30
ComposerMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
ConductorWillens, Michael Alexander
OrchestraKölner Akademie, Die
FortepianoBrautigam, Ronald

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