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Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Géza Anda, Salzburg Mozarteum


Release Date: 05/14/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 469510   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 10 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Géza Anda set down his cycle of Mozart piano concertos, in which he also directed the Camerata Academica of the Salzburg Mozarteum, in the years 1961 and 1969. That his survey seldom has been out of the catalog in the intervening years attests eloquently enough to its qualities, and DG's decision to reissue the performances as part of its mid-priced Collectors Edition series will be warmly welcomed. If you've heard all or part of the set in previous CD issues, the first thing you'll notice about these newly-reprocessed transfers is how much finer they sound. Gone is the formerly rather astringent and brittle piano timbre, along with the shrill-sounding violins and tart woodwinds that often made hard listening of these exceptionally Read more lucid and musically satisfying accounts. Tape hiss, too, has been effectively minimized, and "Original Image Bit Processing" also has given the performances a new dimension of spatial realism, so that you really do sense that the three recording locations employed (Salzburg's historic Mozarteum and the large and small Festpielhaus) have markedly differing acoustic properties and dimensions.


As to the performances, Géza Anda was a thoughtful and scholarly Mozartian, and indeed, this ground-breaking series established standards for "modern" Mozart concerto interpretation, laying down a path that Brendel, Perahia, and to a lesser degree Schiff have pursued. For reasons of practicality, these eight individual CDs do not provide for the concertos to be organized numerically, so you'll find No. 2 in B-flat K. 39 following No. 14 in E-flat K. 449 at the end of Disc 2. And it's unfortunate that No. 1 in F K. 37 is heard as part of Disc 5, following hard on the heels of masterpieces like No. 20 in D minor K. 466 and No. 21 in C K. 467, the so-called "Elvira Madigan" concerto, but this is a small inconvenience when this set gives you the chance to acquire these classic performances at minimal cost.


To cite a few obvious highlights from the cycle is already disingenuous since it is superb overall. However, Anda plays the early concertos, Nos. 1-5, with a seriousness of purpose that raised them to a higher plane of interest, and his own cadenzas, elegant and shapely creations, always have proper thematic relevance to the music--something you can't always take for granted. Of the middle period works, the readings of concertos Nos. 14 in E-flat K. 449 (how skilfully Anda manages the coda of the rondo finale, where the note values are suddenly halved) and 17 in G K. 453, deserve mention, and the variation finale of the G major work is brilliantly done. Both minor key works, Nos. 20 and 24, have utmost gravitas, and Anda brings uncommon insight to the sublime valedictory utterances of No. 27 in B-flat K. 595. In sum, this set is an exceptional bargain, and Anda's authoritative performances remain highly competitive in an increasingly crowded field.
--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in F major, K 37 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1968 
Venue:  Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 16 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B major, K 39 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Venue:  Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 13 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D major, K 40 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Venue:  Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 12 Minutes 29 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, K 41 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Venue:  Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 13 Minutes 6 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in D major, K 175 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1968 
Venue:  Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 20 Minutes 28 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Piano no 6 in B flat major, K 238 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1962 
Venue:  Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 20 Minutes 9 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 8 in C major, K 246 "Lützow" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1968 
Venue:  Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 22 Minutes 45 Secs. 
8.
Concerto for Piano no 9 in E flat major, K 271 "Jeunehomme" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1968 
Venue:  Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 34 Minutes 2 Secs. 
9.
Concerto for Piano no 11 in F major, K 413 (387a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1968 
Venue:  Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 20 Minutes 55 Secs. 
10.
Concerto for Piano no 12 in A major, K 414 (385p) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kleines Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 22 Minutes 49 Secs. 
11.
Concerto for Piano no 13 in C major, K 415 (387b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1967 
Venue:  Kleines Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 25 Minutes 5 Secs. 
12.
Concerto for Piano no 14 in E flat major, K 449 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1966 
Venue:  Kleines Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 20 Minutes 59 Secs. 
13.
Concerto for Piano no 15 in B flat major, K 450 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1968 
Venue:  Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 23 Minutes 32 Secs. 
14.
Concerto for Piano no 16 in D major, K 451 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1963 
Venue:  Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 22 Minutes 6 Secs. 
15.
Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1961 
Venue:  Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 30 Minutes 44 Secs. 
16.
Concerto for Piano no 18 in B flat major, K 456 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kleines Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 29 Minutes 43 Secs. 
17.
Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kleines Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 27 Minutes 54 Secs. 
18.
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1961 
Venue:  Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 27 Minutes 34 Secs. 
19.
Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major, K 482 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1962 
Venue:  Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 33 Minutes 51 Secs. 
20.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1963 
Venue:  Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 25 Minutes 54 Secs. 
21.
Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1966 
Venue:  Kleines Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 28 Minutes 23 Secs. 
22.
Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1968 
Venue:  Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 27 Minutes 51 Secs. 
23.
Concerto for Piano no 26 in D major, K 537 "Coronation" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Kleines Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 28 Minutes 49 Secs. 
24.
Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1967 
Venue:  Kleines Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 27 Minutes 32 Secs. 
25.
Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Géza Anda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Venue:  Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 30 Minutes 14 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.6 in B flat, K.238: 1. Allegro aperto
Piano Concerto No.6 in B flat, K.238: 2. Andante un poco adagio
Piano Concerto No.6 in B flat, K.238 - Cadenza: Géza Anda: 3. Rondeau (Allegro)
Piano Concerto No.8 in C, K.246 "Lützow" - Cadenza: Géza Anda: 1. Allegro aperto
Piano Concerto No.8 in C, K.246 "Lützow" - Cadenza: Géza Anda: 2. Andante
Piano Concerto No.8 in C, K.246 "Lützow": 3. Rondeau (Tempo di menuetto)
Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme": 1. Allegro
Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme": 2. Andantino
Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme": 3. Rondeau (Presto)
Piano Concerto No.11 in F, K.413 - Cadenza: Géza Anda: 1. Allegro
Piano Concerto No.11 in F, K.413 - Cadenza: Géza Anda: 2. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No.11 in F, K.413: 3. Tempo di menuetto
Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414 - Cadenza: W.A. Mozart: 1. Allegro
Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414: 2. Andante
Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414 - Cadenza: W.A. Mozart: 3. Allegretto
Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat, K.449 - Cadenza: W.A. Mozart: 1. Allegro vivace
Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat, K.449: 2. Andantino
Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat, K.449: 3. Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, K.39: 1. Allegro spiritoso
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, K.39: 2. Andante staccato
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, K.39: 3. Molto allegro

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