Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos 8, 11 & 13
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Cat No: BIS2074
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 30th October 2015
WorksPiano Concerto no.8 in C major, K246 'Lutzow'
Piano Concerto no.11 in F major, K413
Piano Concerto no.13 in C major, K415
ArtistsRonald Brautigam (piano)
Die Kolner Akademie
ConductorMichael Alexander Willens
This is the ninth instalment in Ronald Brautigam’s series of the complete piano concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. As on previous discs, Brautigam's ‘muscular yet sensitively nuanced command of Mozartian discourse’ (BBC Music Magazine) is supported by Die Kölner Akademie under Michael Alexander Willens.
The opening work on this instalment is the C major concerto, K 415, which was first performed on 23rd March 1783 in the presence of Emperor Joseph II. K 415 was composed in conjunction with the Concerto No.11 in F major, K 413, which in contrast is a more intimate creation, especially in its Larghetto middle movement, in which Mozart achieves some of his most memorable writing, with the various textures of the orchestra providing a cushion of sound for a delicious cantabile aria for the piano – a model that was to become almost a trademark of his later concerto slow movements.
The disc closes with Concerto No.8 in C major, K 246, composed some six years earlier. Mozart wrote it for Countess Antonia Lützow, one of his father’s pupils, and in terms of technical difficulty, it is among the least demanding of his piano concertos – which nevertheless didn’t stop Mozart from performing it himself on several occasions.
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