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Mozart: Concertos K 242, 365, 466 / Solti, Schiff, Barenboim


Release Date: 07/01/1990 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 430232   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Daniel BarenboimSir Georg SoltiAndrás Schiff
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This reissue offers one major work, the Piano Concerto in D Minor, coupled with recordings of pieces that I would guess musicians like to play for the sheer, uncomplicated fun of it: the concertos for two and three pianos. (All the concertos here were recorded in 1989.) The three-piano work was written for an aristocratic patron, Countess Maria Antonia Lodron, to play with her two daughters. The problem was that daughter number two was evidently not a good pianist, so Mozart wrote a particularly simple part for Giuseppa (played here by Georg Solti). The two-piano concerto was written so that Mozart himself would have a piece to play with talented Viennese students. It’s a more sparkling work, but neither piece, however good-natured the Read more composer’s intentions, ranks that high in Mozart’s œuvre. That said, they both are treated respectfully and played well by Georg Solti and his two auxiliary pianists, who make the Adagio of the Three-Piano Concerto more touching than I’ve heard it before.

It’s charming to hear the measures of that concerto that Mozart wrote for his least-talented patron, but it also reminds me that some of Mozart’s greatest moments, even in the Piano Concerto in D Minor, come in passages a pianist could play with two fingers, such as the four quarter notes in measure 49 of the Rondo of this piece, which Rubinstein plays as written to incomparable effect and which Solti decorates. I have always thought that the sublime simplicity of those notes was the point: Solti sees them as a sketch. Still, his is a wonderful recording by a man who is obviously an important conductor and a fine pianist. This is not my favorite recording: there are others starting with Schnabel and Rubinstein. Yet orchestra and pianist play beautifully together, Solti with energy and drive.

-- Michael Ullman, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 2 Pianos in E flat major, K 365 (316a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano), Sir Georg Solti (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
2.
Concerto for 3 Pianos in F major, K 242 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sir Georg Solti (Piano), András Schiff (Piano), Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sir Georg Solti (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra (No.10) in E flat, K.365: 1. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra (No.10) in E flat, K.365: 2. Andante
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra (No.10) in E flat, K.365: 3. Rondeau (Allegro)
Concerto for 3 Pianos and Orchestra (No.7) in F, K.242 "Lodron": 1. Allegro
Concerto for 3 Pianos and Orchestra (No.7) in F, K.242 "Lodron": 2. Adagio
Concerto for 3 Pianos and Orchestra (No.7) in F, K.242 "Lodron": 3. Rondeau (Tempo di menuetto)
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466: 1. Allegro
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466: 2. Romance
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466: 3. Rondo (Allegro assai)

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