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Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 21 / Arthur Schoonderwoerd, Cristofori

Mozart / Schoonderwoerd
Release Date: 02/28/2012 
Label:  Accent   Catalog #: 24265  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd
Conductor:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cristofori
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The present recording of the Piano Concertos KV 466 & 467 is the starting point for the complete collection of Mozart piano concertos to be issued by the label Accent. Arthur Schoonderwoerd, in great demand as a hammerklavier performer, and his ensemble Cristofori play on authentic instruments of the period or modern reproductions. The string parts in the orchestral accompaniment are played by only one musician per part, producing a slender, transparent tone which supports the hammerklavier without ever dominating its fine tone. The fortepiano is a copy of an instrument made by Anton Walter (Vienna, ca. 1782) with a silvery tone more reminiscent of a harpsichord, but with extensively greater dynamic possibilities. This tonal spectrum is Read more most apparent in the cadenzas which are improvised by Arthur Schoonderwoerd as was customary in Mozart's time. The two piano concertos are highly contrasting in character despite being composed within four weeks of each other during the spring of 1785. KV 467 is a virtuoso and largely buoyant bravura work, whereas the sombre and dramatic atmosphere of KV 466 is stylistically far beyond its time. In his extensive accompanying essay, Arthur Schoonderwoerd establishes a fascinating correlation between this work and Mozart's biography: the three movements of the D minor concerto are depicted as the detailed musical representation of the Freemasons' initiation rites for the apprentice or journey man and the master. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cristofori
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
2. Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Fortepiano)
Conductor:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cristofori
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 

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