Mozart - Piano Concertos nos. 11-13 | Harmonia Mundi HMC902218

Mozart - Piano Concertos nos. 11-13

Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMC902218

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 26th August 2016



Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)
Freiburger Barockorchester


Gottfried von der Goltz


Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Piano Concerto no.11 in F major, K413
Piano Concerto no.12 in A major, K414
Piano Concerto no.13 in C major, K415


Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)
Freiburger Barockorchester


Gottfried von der Goltz


In January 1783 Mozart advertised in the Vienna press ‘the publication of three new, recently completed piano concertos’, which could even be played with quartet accompaniment – thus enabling him to reach a wider public. In similar vein, he told his father that they were ‘very brilliant and pleasing to the ear . . . Here and there only connoisseurs will derive satisfaction from them – yet in such a way that the non-connoisseur will also be pleased, without knowing why.’

It’s a fair bet that these dazzling performances by Kristian Bezuidenhout and the Freiburger Barockorchester will meet with the same unanimous approval.


There’s plenty of interpretative freedom, too, as the soloist takes Mozart’s scores as a starting point rather than as the gospel handed down from above: Mozart’s piano concertos are famously unfinished in many cases, so some fairly aggressive intervention from an editor or a performer is often required... Mozart encoded his memorial to JC Bach in the slow movement of K414 and Bezuidenhout plays this with a touching simplicity; elsewhere he is superbly responsive to the music’s high spirits and to the possibilities inherent in these scores.  David Threasher
Gramophone November 2016
These are dazzling performances, at times unusually searching in outlook – the D major slow movement of K414, intended as a tribute to the recently dead JC Bach, attains her an unfamiliar poignancy through Bezuidenhout's exquisitely shaped soft phrases. ... the sum total is an oustandingly successful, pleasure-giving new Mozart concerto disc.  Max Loppert (Concerto Choice)
BBC Music Magazine December 2016

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