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Ancerl Gold Edition 38 - Mozart: Concertos / Steurer, Et Al


Release Date: 03/29/2005 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3698   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Hugo SteurerMiroslav StefekHalina Czerny-Stefanska
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Karel Ancerl leads three fleet and lively Mozart performances with the Czech Philharmonic sounding quite natural in its chamber orchestra mode and the soloists each delivering very respectable interpretations. Of the two pianists, Hugo Steurer has the lighter touch--his playing in the "Jeunehomme" concerto is all of smoothness and refinement, but not without a hint of playfulness in the first movement's development and in most of the finale. Halina Czerny-Stefanska has a bigger sound for Concerto No. 23, somewhat reminiscent of Horowitz in his late recording with Giulini. However, Czerny-Stefanska is less the romantic, instead using her big, sonorous sound to underpin the music's tonal contours and harmonic tension. The piano's Read more close perspective may have something to do with how the soloist comes across, but otherwise the mono recordings for both concertos give a decent impression of piano and orchestra in a shared acoustic.

Horn Concerto No. 3 was recorded in stereo, and right away the extra sonic dimension brings a welcome sense of solid placement, even as Miroslav Štefek's horn resounds throughout the reverberant Rudolfinium. It's a bold, sure sound that reflects Štefek's confident and purposeful way with the music, from the elegant melodies of the first two movements to the finale's exuberant hunting calls. Throughout, Ancerl provides vigorous yet also sensitive direction, drawing alert and stylish playing from the Czech musicians. A real treat for Ancerl fans and Mozart connoisseurs alike.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 9 in E flat major, K 271 "Jeunehomme" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Hugo Steurer (Piano)
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague 
Length: 31 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague (12/11/1955 - 12/12/1955) 
2.
Concerto for Horn no 3 in E flat major, K 447 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Miroslav Stefek (French Horn)
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784-1787; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague 
Length: 14 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague (01/25/1966 - 01/28/1966) 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Halina Czerny-Stefanska (Piano)
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague 
Length: 25 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague (08/29/1955 - 08/31/1955) 

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