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Mozart: Piano Concertos 12, 13 & 14 / Gottlieb Wallisch, Piatti Quartet

Release Date: 05/28/2013 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 424   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gottlieb Wallisch
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

MOZART Piano Concertos Nos. 12, K 414; 13, K 415; 14, K 449 Gottlieb Wallisch (pn); Piatti Qrt LINN 04242 (69:13)

As the headnote suggests, these performances are played by piano and string quartet in what was acceptable practice in the 18th century, when reduced versions of Mozart’s concertos were routinely published. Still, when I listen to these Read more sensitive, well-played versions of Mozart, I hear the orchestral versions going through my head. Other listeners may be more readily adaptable. This recording has its own appeal, besides the fact that it is beautifully recorded by Linn. The opening of K 414 sounds indeed like a sprightly string quartet, until Wallisch’s relatively robust entrance. I say relatively robust, because I feel that, in order to balance with the quartet, he seems to be holding back at times. I have heard the slow movement of K 414 played with more tension; in this movement the usual contrast with a full orchestra is appealing. For contrast, one might listen to the Pollini recording. On the other hand, the concluding rondo of K 415, one of Mozart’s most Haydnesque movements, is delightfully played, and the gentle approach to the slow movement of that concerto works particularly well. Of course there are many other recordings of these pieces, including Perahia’s, Ashkenazy’s, Uchida’s, and also Maria João Pires’s of the K 449. Here is a different take on Mozart by a quartet often playing wittily as well as exquisitely, and by a talented pianist.

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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 12 in A major, K 414 (385p) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gottlieb Wallisch (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK 
Length: 22 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Concerto for Piano no 13 in C major, K 415 (387b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gottlieb Wallisch (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK 
Length: 24 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Concerto for Piano no 14 in E flat major, K 449 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gottlieb Wallisch (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK 
Length: 21 Minutes 4 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Beautiful playing of the early Mozart concertos October 3, 2013 By peter damato (lumberton, NJ) See All My Reviews "Beautiful playing of the early Mozart concertos. I am really enjoying this cd as the playing is quick, bright and brilliant. It is wonderful to hear these early works played in a quintet manner. The phrasing and intense feeling of the players really bring out the passion in Mozart." Report Abuse
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