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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos.15, 21, 23


Release Date: 04/08/2003 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 464719   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alfred Brendel
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alfred Brendel's Mozart concerto recordings for Philips remain among the most respected modern interpretations of these works. This new compilation--Concertos Nos. 15 and 21 (performances from 1981 digital masters), and 23 (a 1971 analog recording)--forms another distinguished installment in the Philips 50 series. The account of Concerto No. 15 is especially noteworthy: Brendel achieves playing that's pin-sharp in focus and lucidly articulate in the running bravura sections. His scrupulous clarity depends on the keyboard/finger interface alone, hardly ever touching the pedals, yet attaining much of the ear-pricking transparency you'd expect from a classical-period fortepiano.


K. 467 is splendid too, though Brendel's
Read more choice of cadenzas by Radu Lupu came in for some critical scrutiny at this recording's initial release. Both outer movements display the customary Brendel polish and racy metrical precision, and Neville Marriner secures fine orchestral balance throughout, with exciting dynamic contrasts in the martial ritornello of the first movement. The famous "Elvira Madigan" andante again finds Brendel achieving exemplary clarity with minimal pedalling. K. 488, the happy-sad-happy A major concerto, is pre-digital and evinces virtues similar to those of its digital discmates. Philips' transfers are immaculate, though the recordings were well engineered in the first place.
--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
2. Concerto for Piano no 15 in B flat major, K 450 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
3. Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 A great listen September 17, 2013 By Endel Bendel (Spencer, MA) See All My Reviews "Well programmed - you want to have been at this concert. And performed by the best. After the fresh take on an overfamiliar #21, 15 has startling modernity and 23 contemporary and profound. Brendel makes every note sing." Report Abuse
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