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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 19 & 27 / Richard Goode, Orpheus


Release Date: 07/11/2000 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79608   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Richard Goode
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Either by accident or design, these two concertos have been paired at least four times before on CD: Schiff/Decca; Stepan/Supraphon; de Larrocha/RCA; and Haskil/DG. The works complement each other. The F major K. 459 arguably is the most fertile and upbeat of the six piano concertos Mozart penned in 1784, gushing creativity at every juncture. Mozart's valedictory B-flat concerto is more rarified and inwardly directed in its overall inspiration. This often results in performances from well-known Mozarteans that crumble under the weight of their solemnity. Happily, Richard Goode and the remarkable, conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchestra checked their kid gloves at the studio door. The tuttis spring forth
Read more with bracing clarity, leaving no scoring felicity unheard. Goode deftly tailors his solo part to his surroundings like the seasoned chamber player he is. He scales his dynamics without sacrificing one iota of tonal heft, and really goes to town in the cadenzas. None of these qualities, I hasten to add, detract from the music's fragile lyricism. As for the F major concerto, few performances touch this one for ensemble finesse, pointed wit, and playful interaction between soloist and orchestra. What fleet and joyful music making this is! All I can say is that the rehearsals must have been rewarding and fun for all involved. Last but not least, Harris Goldsmith's superb annotations inform as much as they entertain. A class act, not to be missed.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Richard Goode (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 29 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Richard Goode (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 25 Minutes 43 Secs. 

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