Mozart - Piano Concertos 1-4
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Cat No: BIS2094
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 28th October 2016
WorksPiano Concerto no.1 in F major, K37
Piano Concerto no.2 in B flat major, K39
Piano Concerto no.3 in D major, K40
Piano Concerto no.4 in G major, K41
ArtistsRonald Brautigam (fortepiano)
Die Kolner Akademie
ConductorMichael Alexander Willens
In this final volume we are treated to Mozart’s very earliest attempts in the genre – the four so-called ‘pasticcio concertos’ from 1767. In these works, the 11-year old budding composer expands existing sonata movements into proper concertos, possibly as part of an exercise given him by his father Leopold. For a long time the concertos were thought of as original works, and it was only at the start of the 20th century that the truth began to emerge. Of the twelve movements that make up these concertos, eleven are based on keyboard sonatas by other composers, and only one – the slow movement of K37 – is an original composition, probably a collaboration between father and son. A few years later Mozart would adopt a similar approach in the three unnumbered concertos K107 (appearing on the previous disc in this series), which were arrangements of sonatas by Johann Christian Bach. But in the case of concertos 1-4, each work is based on originals by more than one composer, and while the K107 set are arrangements for keyboard and strings, the scorings here include woodwinds, and in K40 also trumpets.
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