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Mozart: Piano Concertos / Kirschnereit, Beermann


Release Date: 10/09/2007 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 825760   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Volume 5 of Kirschnereit’s Mozart series is my first exposure to his artistry, and I am entirely smitten with the performance of the Concerto in F major that reveals a pianist who is a perfect fit with Mozart’s warm and loving utterances. . . . Kirschnereit’s most compelling traits are the gentleness and warmth he communicates. This is most evident in the F major Concerto, one of three piano concertos that Mozart wrote during the winter of 1782-83. The F major is Mozart in his most gracious and warm attire, even the fast outer movements exuding a high degree of security, subtlety and love. Kirschnereit captures these qualities to perfection as well as conveying all the exuberance inherent in the work.

From the beginning of the
Read more F major Concerto’s 1st Movement orchestral introduction, Frank Beermann and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra also have the full measure of the music’s vitality and rhythmic lift. I love how Kirschnereit quietly enters before the conclusion of the introduction, and the warm energy he releases throughout the 1st Movement is enchanting.

The performance of the 2nd Movement Larghetto might raise some eyebrows. It’s significantly quicker than the norm, and I must admit that the pacing is faster than we traditionally associate with a Larghetto marking. However, after spending some time with Kirschnereit’s brisk gait that makes no sacrifice of tenderness, other versions such as from Andras Schiff on Decca now sound a little dreary. I should point out that the 2nd movement is the only one on the disc where tempos are beyond the usual boundaries, and Kirschnereit delivers a highly vibrant interpretation warranting the deviation from the norm.

The 3rd Movement is marked "Tempo di Minuetto" and is one of Mozart’s less exuberant final movements amongst his piano concertos. Instead of great vitality, Mozart invests this with a subtlety and affection that Kirschnereit again conveys beautifully.

-- Don Satz, MusicWeb International [reviewing Vol 5, piano concerto nos 11 & 22]

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This recording of the C-Major, K 415, and “Coronation” concertos, the sixth in Kirschnereit’s series, reveals him as an elegant player and persuasive Mozart interpreter of taste and conviction.

No. 13, written for Vienna in 1783, calls for oboes, bassoons, horns, trumpets, and timpani in addition to the string band, and this performance conveys all the grandeur and luster suggested by this elaborate scoring. There is a wonderful simplicity and ease to Kirschnereit’s playing, which is always scrupulously observant of Mozart’s articulation. Mozart’s own cadenzas and entrances for this concerto survive; Kirschnereit plays them with all the appropriate improvisational flair, never straying from stylistic bounds. . . .

The “Coronation” Concerto, K 537, dates from 1788 and is . . . an enormously engaging work and has always been an audience-favorite, despite some sketchiness in the solo part (it is assumed that Mozart elaborated the solos on the spot when he played the piece for the coronation festivities in Frankfurt). Alas, no cadenzas from Mozart’s hand for this concerto survive, but Kirschnereit plays his own well-crafted interpolations, which I found both engaging and ideally proportionate within their contexts.

This disc presents an unusually strong collaboration between conductor and soloist. The gifted Frank Beermann leads the Bamberg SO expertly and with a good deal of subtlety. . . . This is a very fine recording. Balances are good and the sound quality excellent. Krischnereit’s delivery is devoid of affectation and its sheer naturalness is a most appealing feature. On the basis of his exquisite and refined playing alone, this disc is highly recommended. I look forward to hearing other installments of the series.

FANFARE: Patrick Rucker [reviewing Vol 6, piano concerto nos 13 & 26]

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This is the seventh volume, and one of the most satisfying, of the projected complete Mozart piano concertos by Matthias Kirschnereit and Frank Beermann, accomplished musicians who play Mozart briskly and efficiently, yet with considerable charm. . . . [T]he Andante of K 453 . . . has fascinated commentators. Einstein said it oscillated between a concealed smile and concealed mourning, whereas Girdlestone says that the preponderance of wind parts makes the movement “bright and melancholy.” Those wind parts are played beautifully here, as Kirschnereit enters into what sounds like a charmed conversation. The playing throughout is unsentimental, yet in its restrained way warm. The recorded sound is lovely.

FANFARE: Michael Ullman [reviewing Vol 7, piano concerto nos 9 & 17]

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By all reports when Mozart played his sonatas and concertos he paid scant attention to what he had written on the page, adding frills, trills, cadenzas and extra notes at will. This delighted the audience while driving his page-turner and the orchestra mad. In contemporary performances and recordings, however, the literal note from the master is observed as holy writ and no one dares depart from it, except in some cases to perpetuate bad habits of interpretation learned from generations of teachers.

No one but Matthias Kirschnereit, that is. He has fun with this music by adding an ornament here and there, departing a tiny bit from the written text, now and then slipping just slightly off the beat, all in the service of the lyrical phrase and the vigorous ritornello. On the other hand he uses Mozart’s cadenzas and carefully observes Mozart’s distinction among various kinds of ornaments in the scores something many other soloists neglect to do. Thus he produces what is probably a much more authentic performance, much more like the way Mozart would have played, than some others do. You can find out more about Kirschnereit at www.matthias-kirschnereit.de

The conductor also observes precisely Mozart’s notation in regard ornaments, and also the correct balance between winds and strings within the orchestra, these in contrast to some recent recordings, even some marked "original instruments." In addition orchestra and conductor provide an interesting, colourful, transparent, but firm support for the soloist. It is difficult to find words for the delight I feel when hearing this orchestra’s crisp and delightful Mozart sound. . . . My observation just on the basis of this disk is that Matthias Kirschnereit ranks, along with Christian Zacharias, as the finest Mozart piano concerto pianist of this age.

-- Paul Shoemaker, MusicWeb International [reviewing Vol 7, piano concerto nos 9 & 17]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in D major, K 175 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Salzburg, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 6 in B flat major, K 238 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 8 in C major, K 246 "Lützow" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 9 in E flat major, K 271 "Jeunehomme" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Salzburg, Austria 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 11 in F major, K 413 (387a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782-1783; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Concerto for Piano no 12 in A major, K 414 (385p) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 13 in C major, K 415 (387b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782-1783; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Concerto for Piano no 14 in E flat major, K 449 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Concerto for Piano no 15 in B flat major, K 450 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Concerto for Piano no 16 in D major, K 451 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Concerto for Piano no 18 in B flat major, K 456 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major, K 482 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Concerto for Piano no 26 in D major, K 537 "Coronation" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D major, K 382 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
23.
Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in A major, K 386 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Matthias Kirschnereit (Piano)
Conductor:  Frank Beermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 

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