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Mozart: Piano Concertos No 14 & 26 / Pires, Abbado, Vienna Philharmonic


Release Date: 12/07/1993 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 437529   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Maria-Joào Pires has recorded these concertos before, for Erato, and this experience shows in assured playing. In K449 I find the sound of the Vienna Philharmonic, recorded in Vienna's Musikverein, too big: the string section seems large and the hall over-reverberant. Furthermore, the piano sounds plummy, and even those who dislike the fortepiano may question its suitability. With these reservations, one can enjoy Pires's deft and sensitive performance, without strong individuality but offering consistent intelligence, and the brisk finale shows her and Abbado at their best. Even so, this is a romanticized slow movement; the gooey orchestral sound does not help, but the pianist is also partly responsible in a way that I have Read more sometimes noted in her performances of Mozart's sonatas.

The Coronation Concerto earns more praise. This was recorded at a Salzburg concert (there is applause), and the sound is more to scale, though having the necessary weight in the bigger passages with trumpets and timpani. The first movement has ample energy, although it could offer more feminine grace in the second subject. The piano sounds good here, and the instrument is well balanced with the orchestra, as demonstrated by the exchanges in the first movement's development section, while Paul Badura-Skoda's cadenza is effective and well managed. The elegant little slow movement has charm and the gavotte-like finale dances along well.

-- Gramophone [3/1994]
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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 26 in D major, K 537 "Coronation" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Live  Grosses Festespielhaus, Salzburg 
Length: 30 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.14 In E Flat, K.449: 1. Allegro vivace
Piano Concerto No.14 In E Flat, K.449: 2. Andantino
Piano Concerto No.14 In E Flat, K.449: 3. Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Concerto No.26 In D, K.537 "Coronation": 1. Allegro
Piano Concerto No.26 In D, K.537 "Coronation": 2. (Larghetto)
Piano Concerto No.26 In D, K.537 "Coronation": 3. (Allegretto)

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