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Mozart: 21 Concertos For Piano / Zacharias


Release Date: 07/29/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 72171   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias
Conductor:  David ZinmanJerzy MaksymiukGünter WandSir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraEnglish Chamber OrchestraPolish Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is attractive playing, crisp yet flexible — few will resist Christian Zacharias's touch of high spirits in this music.

Christian Zacharias is a well-proven artist in this repertory. I have always found much to admire in his Mozart concerto recordings, which form part of a cycle, and although he has changed orchestra more than once—and conductor too, for he is not as yet one of those who prefer to direct these works from the keyboard—there is a consistency in these performances, with their crisp and vivid quicker music and an expressive yet unsentimental approach to slow movements and other lyrical writing. Occasionally the pianist has done something mildly eccentric, or jokey, such as interpolating unexpected
Read more instrumental (nonpiano) material into cadenzas, but usually we feel in safe hands.

The present issue is no exception to this general rule, and from the opening of the D major Concerto we recognize, too, that he has found a sympathetic partner in Sir Neville Marriner and that the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra is a skilful body of players, though just once or twice I thought its wind section could be neater still. Using a modern instrument with a clean and wellvaried touch and discreet but effective pedalling, Zacharias is persuasively deft and alert in this Allegro and conveys a feeling of delight in brilliant yet sensitive music-making, and while I would have awaited a cadenza of his own with a mixture of curiosity and anxiety (see above), in fact all the cadenzas played here are rightly Mozart's own. Perhaps he is sometimes a little too 'chirpy' where simplicity is called for (e.g. in the first movement of No. 19), but few will want to resist his touch of high spirits in this music; and while the Andante of No. 16 could have been a trace more relaxed in pace, better this than sluggishness, and there is no doubt at all about the agile, happy finales.

-- Gramophone [9/1990, reviewing K 451 and 459]

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This is attractive playing, crisp yet flexible... The pianist's own cadenza in K482 is attractive and stylish although the effect of intervening woodwind may surprise. In this concerto, also, the variation-form Andante has the right kind of delicate gravity. The Dresden orchestra sound much at ease in this music, and the American conductor David Zinman is a sympathetic partner.

-- Gramophone [10/1986, reviewing K 482 and 488]

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I have often admired Christian Zacharias in Mozart and this new issue from EMI gives me no cause to modify a view of him as a reliable, thoughtful and stylish performer in this repertory. Here is a shapely and well articulated approach and an evident understanding of the different expressive worlds inhabited by the two concertos and their component movements. Collectors familiar with Sir Neville Marriner's Mozart piano concerto series with Alfred Brendel as the soloist (Philips) will not need to be told that this conductor brings a keen, sensitive ear and sense of timing to this music; the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra is a good one too, and the orchestral opening to the Andante of the G major Concerto is just one example of fine playing, robust yet flexible, that draws a well-matched contribution from Zacharias.

-- Gramophone [6/1989, reviewing K 453 and 456]

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Zacharias is a skilful Mozartian..., and his playing on [K 491], is if anything even more persuasive and confident, with some lovely half tones as well as the necessary authority, and he is sympathetically partnered by Wand and the North German Radio orchestra... [T]his is a good account of this magnificent and disturbing concerto, and Zacharias's thoughtful cadenzas are of a piece with the overall approach.

-- Gramophone [2/1987, reviewing K 491 and 595]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 13 in C major, K 415 (387b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782-1783; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 8 in C major, K 246 "Lützow" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  Günter Wand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Concerto for Piano no 26 in D major, K 537 "Coronation" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 16 in D major, K 451 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in D major, K 175 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Salzburg, Austria 
9.
Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major, K 482 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Concerto for Piano no 9 in E flat major, K 271 "Jeunehomme" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Salzburg, Austria 
12.
Concerto for Piano no 14 in E flat major, K 449 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Concerto for Piano no 11 in F major, K 413 (387a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782-1783; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Concerto for Piano no 12 in A major, K 414 (385p) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Concerto for Piano no 18 in B flat major, K 456 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  Günter Wand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Concerto for Piano no 15 in B flat major, K 450 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Concerto for Piano no 6 in B flat major, K 238 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 

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