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Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Sofronitzki, Karolak, Collegium Varsoviense


Release Date: 09/09/2008 
Label:  Boheme Music   Catalog #: 4151   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana SofronitzkiLinda NicholsonMario Aschauer
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Number of Discs: 11 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Piano Concertos: Nos. 5–6; 8–9; 11–27; Concerto for 2 Keyboards in E?. Concerto for 3 Keyboards in F. Rondos: in A; in D. Harpsichord Concertos: in F; in B?; in D; in G; in D; in G; in E? Viviana Sofronitzki (fp, hp); Linda Nicholson (fp); Mario Aschauer (fp); Tadeusz Karolak, cond; Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense (period instruments) PRO MUSICA CAMERATA 4151 (11 CDs: 722:15)


Some decades ago, I read a review of the complete Mozart piano concertos played by Géza Anda that made the point Read more that there is something uniquely satisfying and intellectually stimulating about listening to the works under the hands of a single pianist and with the same orchestra. I’ve thought of the wisdom of that comment repeatedly in the ensuing years, and not only when Mozart was in question. I remember the growing power of Ashkenazy’s Beethoven when I listened to all the sonatas in order. Now I have listened to all the piano works listed above, beautifully played on period instruments by Viviana Sofronitzki, daughter of the more famous Vladimir, and I experienced a similar effect. The pieces are played on fortepiano (and harpsichord) and with a small orchestra, but this is not small-scale playing. Nor is it perfect. The horns sound a little awkward in the first movement of No. 19, and the finale of No. 14 seems oddly weighty. There are small faults, in other words, in a set of magnificent music. Sofronitzki plays forcefully; each note sounds precise. At times we hear the two hands in energetic conversation in places where the left hand would be submerged in the typical modern piano performance. At the same time, she makes the melody count by leaning into a note, then backing off, by judicious emphasis. Though this is not a sentimentalist’s Mozart, I am listening to crisp playing of the slow movement of the early Concerto in B?, K 238, and marveling at Sofronitzky’s lyricism. The movement that follows involves the horns and for a few seconds the ensemble sounds muddled. But then the piano emerges and all is right again. Usually the playing is sprightly, touching, elegant, everything a Mozart recording should be.


There have been other period-instrument versions of these pieces, including Jos van Immerseel’s complete set. This is the equal to those by Immerseel I have heard. Among modern instrument recordings, we still have Perahia’s complete collection, in which he seems at times with his delicacy to be imitating some idea of a fortepiano. Perhaps it should not be surprising that a pianist lightening up to imitate an early instrument is less powerful than a fortepianist letting it all hang out on her smaller-toned keyboard.


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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:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 31 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 14 in E flat major, K 449 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 20 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 11 in F major, K 413 (387a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 21 Minutes 31 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 15 in B flat major, K 450 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 23 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 27 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 29 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 26 in D major, K 537 "Coronation" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 29 Minutes 43 Secs. 
8.
Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in A major, K 386 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 45 Secs. 
9.
Concerto for Piano no 12 in A major, K 414 (385p) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 24 Minutes 39 Secs. 
10.
Concerto for Piano no 13 in C major, K 415 (387b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 26 Minutes 7 Secs. 
11.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in D major, K 175 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 21 Minutes 6 Secs. 
12.
Concerto for 2 Pianos in E flat major, K 365 (316a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano), Linda Nicholson (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 24 Minutes 28 Secs. 
13.
Concerto for 3 Pianos in F major, K 242 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mario Aschauer (Fortepiano), Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano), Linda Nicholson (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 23 Minutes 7 Secs. 
14.
Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major, K 482 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 33 Minutes 17 Secs. 
15.
Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 28 Minutes 19 Secs. 
16.
Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D major, K 382 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 10 Minutes 19 Secs. 
17.
Concerto for Piano no 6 in B flat major, K 238 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 19 Minutes 6 Secs. 
18.
Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 31 Minutes 26 Secs. 
19.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 23 Minutes 35 Secs. 
20.
Concerto for Piano no 8 in C major, K 246 "Lützow" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 21 Minutes 3 Secs. 
21.
Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 28 Minutes 13 Secs. 
22.
Concerto for Piano no 18 in B flat major, K 456 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 32 Minutes 9 Secs. 
23.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in F major, K 37 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 18 Minutes 6 Secs. 
24.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B major, K 39 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 16 Minutes 8 Secs. 
25.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D major, K 40 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 14 Minutes 40 Secs. 
26.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, K 41 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 13 Minutes 29 Secs. 
27.
Concerto for Piano in D major, K 107 no 1 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 14 Minutes 19 Secs. 
28.
Concerto for Piano in G major, K 107 no 2 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 10 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is Mozart's arrangement of J.C. Bach's sonata for piano,
Opus 5 no 3. 
29.
Concerto for Piano in E flat major, K 107 no 3 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 32 Secs. 
30.
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 25 Minutes 38 Secs. 
31.
Concerto for Piano no 16 in D major, K 451 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 23 Minutes 16 Secs. 
32.
Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Viviana Sofronitzki (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 28 Minutes 18 Secs. 

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