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Mozart: Piano Concertos No 19 & 23 / Brautigam, Willens, Die Kolner Akademie

Mozart / Brautigam / Die Kolner Akademie / Willens
Release Date: 03/26/2013 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1964  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In just two years, between 1784 and 1786, Mozart composed no less than twelve piano concertos – a staggering number. Often described as one of the most light-hearted and buoyant among these is the Concerto in F major K 459, sometimes called ‘the second Coronation Concerto’. The nickname comes from the fact that Mozart would later choose to perform it, along with the ‘Coronation Concerto’ in D major, during the festivities surrounding the coronation of Emperor Leopold II in Frankfurt-am-Main in 1790. Its companion work on this fourth disc in Ronald Brautigam’s survey hails from the same period: begun in 1784, the Concerto in A major K 488 was completed in March 1786, at the same time as Mozart was putting the finishing touches to his opera Read more Le nozze di Figaro. It is one of only three piano concertos in which Mozart uses clarinets in the orchestra, resulting in a very particular sound world, especially in the magical slow movement. Mozart clearly held the work in high regard, and described it as one of his most select compositions ‘which I keep just for myself and an élite circle of music lovers’, and later audiences have agreed with him. Ronald Brautigam has been described as ‘an absolutely instinctive Mozartian… with melodic playing of consummate beauty’ (International Record Review), and he is once again supported by the period orchestra Die Kölner Akademie conducted by Michael Alexander Willens in a partnership which more than one reviewer has termed ‘ideal’. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
2. Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K. 459: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K. 459: II. Allegretto
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K. 459: III. Allegro assai
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: III. Allegro assai

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