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Mozart: Piano Concertos No 17 & 26 / Brautigam, Willens, Die Kolner Akademie

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Release Date: 09/01/2012 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1944  
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 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Described in International Record Review as 'an absolutely instinctive Mozartian, with fleet fingerwork to match any, and with melodic playing of consummate beauty', Ronald Brautigam returns with the third instalment in his series of Mozart’s piano concertos. As on the two previous discs, he is joined by the period band Die Kölner Akademie conducted by Michael Alexander Willens, forming a partnership described on website klassik-heute.de as ‘Mozart interpreters of the first order’. The present disc includes Piano Concerto No.26 in D major, K 537, nicknamed the ‘Coronation Concerto’ on the basis of the slightly misleading information
Read more given on the title page of the first edition of the work, stating that the work was ‘performed by the composer at Frankfurt-am-Main on the occasion of the Coronation of Emperor Leopold II’, in October 1790. Mozart did in fact perform the work in Frankfurt, but the concert took place a week after the actual coronation, and was not part of the official festivities. Nor was it written for the occasion – Mozart had in fact premièred it the previous year, in Vienna. Popular for its beauty and rococo style, it is here preceded by Piano Concerto No.17 in G major, K 453, one of the rare concertos that Mozart composed with another soloist than himself in mind. Written for and premièred by his student Barbara Ployer, it is also unusual in that Mozart cast its last movement as a set of variations, with a bourrée-like theme developed at a helter-skelter pace, similar to an operatic scene unfolding on stage. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Fortepiano by Paul McNulty 1992, after an instrument by Anton Walter c. 1795 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 26 in D major, K 537 "Coronation" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Fortepiano by Paul McNulty 1992, after an instrument by Anton Walter c. 1795 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, Op. 9, K. 453: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, Op. 9, K. 453: II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, Op. 9, K. 453: III. Allegretto
Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K. 537, "Coronation": I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K. 537, "Coronation": II. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K. 537, "Coronation": III. Allegretto

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Doesn't get much better than this! October 12, 2012 By Troy K. (Oro Valley, AZ) See All My Reviews "I have to say, this is shaping up to be perhaps the best of the Mozart Piano Concerto cycles on period instruments. The sound is typical BIS, which is to say fantastic. I do not know of a label that so consistently has such a high standard regarding their recorded sound. What makes this recording special is not so much Willens, but Brautigam. In my opinion, he is the best pianist recording today. His playing here is fantastic and I have never heard these concertos better played on period instruments. I'm looking forward to the next releases in this series." Report Abuse
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