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Gemini - Mozart: Piano Concertos / Eschenbach, London Po


Release Date: 04/24/2007 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 81793   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christoph Eschenbach
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Piano Concertos: No. 9 in E?, “Jeunehomme”; K 271 ; No 19 in F, K 459 ; No. 21 in C, K 467 ; No. 23 in A , K 488 ; No. 27 in B?, K 595 Christoph Eschenbach (pn), cond; London PO EMI 81793 (2 CDs: 150:10)


Christoph Eschenbach played with Read more the Boston Symphony the first Mozart piano concerto I believe I heard live, and certainly the first that affected me as Mozart has affected me since. Taking place sometime in the early 1960s, that performance of No. 21 seemed at the time transcendent. I found each note falling in place magically: the music seemed both to be moving through time and all of a piece. It was as if I were slowly turning a beautiful orb in my hand. The whole was always there, but I could only see one shining segment at a time. That paradoxical feeling has remained a kind of standard for this music: it’s the reason why (usually) I prefer Toscanini to Furtwangler, Colin Davis to Bernstein, or, to be more germane, the less celebrated Eschenbach to Barenboim. I willingly sacrifice a local effect, however intriguing, that distorts the shape or coherence of the whole.


When, a few years later in the 1960s, Eschenbach started to record the Mozart piano sonatas, I found those performances almost equally satisfying. Here was a pianist content to play the music as he found it, to illuminate what was there in these more modest works without the virtuoso’s irritable reaching after special effects. Eschenbach’s is the recording of the complete sonatas that I first recommend. Perhaps inevitably, I found this two-disc reissue of five of Mozart’s greatest concertos eminently satisfying. Recorded in 1977 and 1978, the performances are always well-shaped, beautifully played, delicate and yet with a thread of iron running through them. The Andantino of the “Jeunehomme” is both transparent—who has written more simply for the piano than Mozart?—and in its own way powerful. The vivid Presto that follows is equally convincing. There are recordings with more tension than these: Gieseking and Cantelli of No. 9, Schnabel’s recordings of Nos. 19 and 21. Often I like to hear the fireworks of a Uchida performance. But these recordings by Eschenbach are in their own way flawless.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 9 in E flat major, K 271 "Jeunehomme" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/21/1978 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 32 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 29 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Christoph Eschenbach performs Mozart's and his own cadenzas on this recording.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (12/21/1977 - 12/23/1977) 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 30 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Christoph Eschenbach performs his own cadenzas on this recording.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (12/21/1977 - 12/23/1977) 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 26 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (12/21/1977 - 12/23/1977) 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 31 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Christoph Eschenbach performs Mozart's cadenzas on this recording.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (12/21/1978 - 12/22/1978) 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat K271: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat K271: II. Andantino
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat K271: III. Presto
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F K459: I. Allegro - Cadenza - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F K459: II. Allegretto
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F K459: III. Allegro assai - Cadenzas - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C K467: I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C K467: II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C K467: III. Allegro vivace assai
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A K488: I. Allegro - Cadenza - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A K488: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A K488: III. Allegro assai
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat K595: I. Allegro - Cadenza - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat K595: II. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat K595: III. Allegro - Cadenza - Tempo I

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