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Mozart: Piano Concertos No 24 & 25, Etc / Cooper, Northern Sinfonia


Release Date: 05/27/2008 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2175   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Imogen Cooper
Conductor:  Bradley Creswick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Piano Concertos: No. 24 in c; No. 25 in C. Fantasia in d, K 397 Imogen Cooper (pn); Bradley Creswick, cond; Northern Snf AVIE 2175 (69:29)


When I reviewed in these pages the previous Mozart recordings by these forces, I noted that the performances, wonderful in themselves, didn’t quite have the force or tension of my touchstone recordings by Schnabel and, in the case of K 271, Gieseking. This time I find myself thoroughly convinced by Cooper’s unaffected playing, which is Read more sensitive and probing and patrician, and by the conducting of Creswick and the sound of the Northern Sinfonia. She is all of those things in the delightful Larghetto from No. 24, which she offers tenderly, but without exaggerating the innocence of the theme with excessively delicate gestures. The theatricality of the Allegro maestoso, its grandeur, is captured in a performance slower than some, yet still lively enough to reinforce Tovey’s point that Mozart’s essence was operatic. Cooper and Creswick are not as intense as Uchida and Jeffrey Tate in the Philips recording of the same works, and of course there are, as well, admirable recordings by Ashkenazy and the gentler Perahia, to name some of the more obvious alternatives. Cooper certainly belongs among that exalted company as a Mozartean.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Conductor:  Bradley Creswick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 30 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Conductor:  Bradley Creswick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 32 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
Fantasia for Piano in D minor, K 397 (385g) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 

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