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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12-14 / Robert Blocker, Biava Quartet

Mozart,W.a. / Blocker / Biava String Quartet
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557881   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Robert Blocker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Biava String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Piano Concertos: No. 12 in A, K 414; No. 13 in C, K 415; No. 14 in E? , K 449 Robert Blocker (pn); Biava Qrt NAXOS 8.557881 (73: 33)


This is not the first recording of Mozart piano concertos I have heard that features a string quartet (arranged by Mozart himself) rather than a chamber orchestra, but it is among the most Read more ingratiating. Mozart described these concertos as “very brilliant, pleasing to the ear, natural without being vapid. There are passages,” he continued, “written in such a way that the less learned cannot fail to be pleased, though without knowing why.” Three cheers for the happy less learned, and for the genius who could hit such a mark seemingly at will. I quote Mozart, as did the annotator here, because Robert Blocker and this bright young quartet elegantly enact his description, playing naturally, brilliantly, and unaffectedly. They are sensitive, joyous, and beautifully in tune with each other’s phrasing. Playing with a quartet, Blocker moderates his dynamic range, and he moves the music right along. There are no sighing moments, even where other pianists linger. No matter. This is an utterly charming recording. There are many others, of course, especially of K 414; besides the complete concertos of pianists such as Perahia and Buchbinder, I am facing the recordings by Pollini, Pires, and Shelley, among my favorites. Yet this new recording is different; its true rival may be the Susan Tomes on Hyperion, who has recorded the concertos with a string quartet with the addition of a double bass.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 12 in A major, K 414 (385p) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Robert Blocker (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Biava String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 13 in C major, K 415 (387b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Robert Blocker (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Biava String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782-1783; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 14 in E flat major, K 449 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Robert Blocker (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Biava String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 

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