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Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 24 / Brendel, Mackerras


Release Date: 11/09/1999 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 462622   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alfred Brendel
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The present concertos were among the highlights of Alfred Brendel's mid-1970s Mozart cycle. His remakes, if anything, are even better. Brendel, to be sure, does not possess the most alluring sonority, and doesn't quite match Richard Goode's quicksilver fluidity in the outer movements. Yet the Austrian pianist's articulation, timing, and expressive economy fills each phrase with inspired life. While his homegrown cadenzas depart from Mozart's harmonic syntax, Brendel's suaver delivery allows them to mesh more naturally with their surroundings this time around. Sir Charles Mackerras' astonishing conducting, however, takes center stage. He reveals the full measure of Mozart's brilliance as an orchestrator,
Read more eliciting lean textures that allow important wind and brass motives their due. Every nuance of voicing and timbre is pinpointed to a tee (both from the podium and Philips' radar-eared engineers), yet nothing ever sounds forced or self-conscious, and, needless to say, transcends mere accompaniment. More Mozart from Brendel and Mackerras, please!

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 30 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 29 Minutes 28 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466: 1. Allegro
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466: 2. Romance
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466: 3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491: 1. (Allegro)
Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491: 2. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491: 3. (Allegretto)

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