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Mozart: Piano Concertos No 17 & 20 / Leif Ove Andsnes, Et Al


Release Date: 02/26/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 281   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
Conductor:  Leif Ove Andsnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"[Leif Ove Andsnes's] first Mozart concerto recording, a pairing of Nos. 9 and 18, prized the fleetness and chamberlike intimacy of this music... This second installment...builds on the best qualities of the earlier disc, and broadens Mr. Andsnes’s Mozartean palette as his readings move briskly from the elegant cheerfulness of the G major Concerto (No. 17) to the more ominous, grandly theatrical gestures of the almost operatic Concerto in D minor (No. 20).
In both works Mr. Andsnes’s playing is clean, bright and sharply articulated in the fast movements, more rounded but equally well defined in the slow ones. The attraction of his phrasing is its capacity to surprise, through reconsiderations of color or texture, or fresh
Read more touches that afford an immediate sense of a movement’s character...
Mr. Andsnes’s conducting shares the spirit of his pianism. He brings a touch of period-instrument influence to the D minor Concerto: the timpani are played with a hard, cannon-shot thwack that, with the dynamic swells in the strings, ratchet up the drama."

-- Allan Kozinn, New York Times [06/22/2008]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Conductor:  Leif Ove Andsnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 11 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Conductor:  Leif Ove Andsnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 14 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Concerto in G for Piano and Orchestra No. 17, K453: Allegro
Concerto in G for Piano and Orchestra No. 17, K453: Andante
Concerto in G for Piano and Orchestra No. 17, K453: Allegretto
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466: Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466: Romanze
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466: Rondo (Allegro assai)

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