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Mozart: Piano Concertos 14, 17, 21 / Pires, Abbado


Release Date: 11/08/2005 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 4775747   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraChamber Orchestra of Europe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The combination of Abbado and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe has to be my dream ticket for modern-instrument Mozart. The qualities are irresistible: cultured, characterful woodwind playing (so important in Mozart piano concertos), an expert string section which carries no passengers, and an alertness of response to a conductor who, with years of experience in this repertoire, nevertheless shows no sign of going stale. Maria João Pires is an excellent partner in all this: her stylistic approach is similar, in that she also favours a light touch, but there is no danger of over-preciousness. The expressive Andante in K453 – one of the first of Mozart’s slow movements to make a major feature of the woodwind section – is done especially Read more well, as is the bustling Haydnesque finale; indeed, the orchestra’s articulation of the Presto coda is quite breathtaking. The C major Concerto, K467, is, of course, among Mozart’s best-known works in any form. Abbado and Pires take the work at face value: clipped and martial in the first movement, perfectly poised in the central Andante, and fast but clean in the good-natured finale. Both works were recorded in the Teatro Comunale in Ferrara, though only K453 was recorded live. But there is no perceptible difference in sound; indeed the production values throughout are well up to DG’s high standards.

-- BBC Music Magazine review of DG 439 941
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 14 in E flat major, K 449 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1992 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 21 Minutes 28 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Communale, Bologna, Italy 
Length: 29 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Teatro Communale, Bologna, Italy 
Length: 26 Minutes 52 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 About as good as it gets October 1, 2014 By K. BAKER (HEBER CITY, UT) See All My Reviews "Sonically superior to Pires' earlier Erato 5 CD set of Mozart concerti, its a close call between this and Murray Perahia's superb Mozart cycle." Report Abuse
 Beautiful interpretation July 31, 2014 By Marlene Morrison (Bend, OR) See All My Reviews "Pires and Abbado are each extraordinary musicians and interpreters of Mozart piano works." Report Abuse
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