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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. 

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