Mozart & Contemporaries (Vinyl LP) | Deutsche Grammophon 4860526

Mozart & Contemporaries (Vinyl LP)

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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4860526

Format: LP

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 3rd September 2021

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Víkingur Ólafsson’s thought-provoking programme for Mozart & Contemporaries features some of his favourite Mozart keyboard works juxtaposed with pieces by a selection of the composer’s leading contemporaries: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714–1788); Joseph Haydn (1732–1809); Baldassare Galuppi (1706–1785); and Domenico Cimarosa (1749–1801).

“Far from the glowing image of the angelic prodigy, the music on this album is mostly by the Mozart of the 1780s, a grown man and a mature composer – who in the preceding years had come to know adversity,” explained Víkingur Ólafsson. “This is the period when Mozart was not just perfecting the Classical tradition but subtly subverting it, his graceful touch as featherlight as always but the shadows darker, the nuances and ambiguities more profound.”

Reviews

Just when you feel you’ve got the measure of Víkingur Ólafsson he veers off in an unexpected direction, and this new project, ‘Mozart & Contemporaries’, is no exception. Like the Bach album (11/18), this could have been a bitty affair, yet the result is anything but. ... If I had the room I could wax lyrical about every single track here but I fear that would take up the entire Instrumental section. ... The recording, made in Reykjavík’s Harpa Concert Hall, is entirely natural and helps set the seal on another winner from one of the most original musical minds around.  Harriet Smith
Gramophone October 2021
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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