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Mozart: Piano Concerto Nos 20, 21 & 27 / Buchbinder


Release Date: 01/29/2016 
Label:  C Major   Catalog #: 733908  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
Conductor:  Rudolf Buchbinder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 1 
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The Austrian piano virtuoso Rudolf Buchbinder, a known expert of Mozart plays and conducts three of Mozart’s most beloved piano concertos together with the Staatskapelle Dresden, where he was the first pianist to hold the title of “Capell-Virtous”. In advance to an extensive tour to Germany, Europe and Asia the concert was recorded in Dresden in an unique setting, being the first ultra-high definition recording of this work: especially for this purpose a stage was set up right inside the Gläserne Manufaktur, a luxury car manufacturer in the heart of the city of Dresden.

No. of Discs: 1
Run time: 93 minutes Read more /> Disc Format: DVD 9
Picture: NTSC, 16:9
Audio: PCM Stereo, PCM 5.1
Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

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Review:

This is definitely not your average concert – the performances took place at Volkswagen’s high-end manufacturing facility “Die Gläserne Manufaktur” in Dresden. It is a state-of-the-art glass building that is used for production of the VW Phaeton.

Rudolf Buchbinder is on double duty as pianist and conductor. The program opens with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat. Buchbinder uses a bit of tempo rubato in his solo passages in the first movement, and plays Mozart’s cadenzas. The outer movements of the Piano Concerto No.21 in C are taken at a brisk tempo, though they never sound frantic. Buchbinder plays his own cadenzas, which are excellent and perfectly in keeping with the Mozart style. The performers’ approach to the Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor is very much classical and shorn of the romantic pathos that is often heard in other interpretations.

The playing of Staatskapelle Dresden, with a small body of strings (8-6-4-3-2), is excellent, as is the playing of Rudolf Buchbinder, which is technically immaculate and classical in approach. There are a few transitions where the ensemble would have benefited from a dedicated conductor, but overall the performance is excellent.

The recorded sound is very good, and the camerawork is excellent, with appropriate close-ups of the soloist as well as various orchestra members when they have prominent parts.

The bonus is a short four-minute documentary on the making of the concert, available in English and German. Buchbinder says he likes cars and feels at home at the venue, although no mention is made of what prompted them to mount concerts at this particular site.

The booklet is in English, with the main essay, originally written in German by Tobias Niederschlag, given English and French translations.

This is a very interesting production that more than holds its own against the competition.

– MusicWeb International (Wai Kit Leung) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder (Piano)
Conductor:  Rudolf Buchbinder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder (Piano)
Conductor:  Rudolf Buchbinder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder (Piano)
Conductor:  Rudolf Buchbinder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 A solid veteran and musical genius March 1, 2016 By Howard Haimes (Arlington, VA) See All My Reviews "We first saw Buchbinder live in Salzburg and have always admired his dedication, style and intelligence. Here he conducts from the piano in Dresden in the modern setting of an auto dealership. The results are simply amazing. He is an understated pianist who lets the orchestra shine. While these are Mozart Piano concertos, he refrains from using excessive coloration or adornments. The music is so well recorder, you feel like you are present in the hall. The orchestra is young, vibrant and polished. This should be part of anyone's collection as it has much to offer and savor." Report Abuse
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