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Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Alfred Brendel Audio CD

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Alfred Brendel studied piano, composition and conducting in Zagreb and Graz, and completed his piano studies with Edwin Fischer, Paul Baumgartner, and Edward Steuermann. His international career began after winning a prize at the 1949 Busoni Competition and he now performs regularly at the world's major musical centres and festivals. He was the first pianist to record ... Read more in Amazon's Alfred Brendel Store

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Wonderful 20 April 2007
By King Lemuel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Pianists like Brendel, Barenboim, Gould, etc greatly benefited from the tremendous improvements in analog recording technology that occurred in the late 1950s. We are blessed to have many fine recordings of Brendel when he was in his prime.

The last 10 cds of this box set are performed by Brendel. The first cd is performed by the renowned Ingred Haebler. CD 1 is the worst sounding of the lot and sounds like mid 1950s analog. Ingred is apparently playing a period piece pianoforte instead of a modern piano. She covers concertos 1 to 4. The piano sounds a bit too much like a harpsichord for my taste, especially the right hand which seems to have a lot of tinkle in the sound. This disk is interesting to listen to if only to get acquainted with the early pianoforte.

Disk two has a Bach harpsichord sonata that Mozart orchestrated. This disk is great if only to let me know that Ingred WAS NOT playing a harpsichord! The harpsichord is front row center on disk two. If you just listened to the first two cds and closed your eyes and drifted off a little you might awaken thinking I Musici had taken over your stereo and turned Mozart into Vivaldi! Fortunately this is not the case. Brendel makes more than a stand up appearance on the last 10 cds. The last 10 cds sound great and can easily hold their own with recent DDD recordings.

I greatly enjoy Brendel at the piano and Marriner and the ASMF performing Mozart. I love Brendel's touch which seems at times to dance and float over the keys.

These disks run about 12.5 hours and at 128 kps can just about fit on a single CD. I can drive Tacoma WA to Portland OR and back and never change the CD!

The advantages to acquiring this affordable box set is you will have 12.5 hours of some of the most beautiful music ever created performed by one of the greatest pianists of the last half of the 20th century along with one of THE premier orchestras that specialize in performing Mozart. (Hollywood picked the ASMF to do the music for the film Amadeus for a good reason).

Update May 25, 2008:

Rhapsody has this entire box posted as well as several single CDs. I checked at the Decca/Philips website and the tracks are listed with track times for all 12 CDs as well as the date when each concerto was recorded. I was surprised that CD1 dates from the 1970s, not 1950s! CD2 is late 1980s DDD. CDs 3 to 12 were recorded from c. 1971 to c. 1984 and are either DDD or ADD with the same performer and orchestra. It would be interesting to do a blind folded listen and see if one could guess which ones are DDD and which ones are ADD. I was thinking these were all ADD from the 1970s and I was wrong.

I have Brendel with Marriner ASMF Mozart piano concertos K450 and K467 on a digitally recorded LP that is included in the box. If you have collected Brendel Mozart Concertos CDs and LPs as singles, you may wish to check at the website to see if you already have much of this set before buying, and if so, maybe consider another artist.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great CME box set by Philips 9 Mar 2007
By Mete Ibanoglu - Published on Amazon.com
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When I have decided that I would collect all of the box sets produced by Philips under the name Complete Mozart Edition, Vol.4 Piano Concertos was number one on my list. I ended up getting Vol. 15 : Late Italian Operas and Vol. 12: Arias, Canons, Lieder first with the Compactotheque. Days after ordering those I could not resist the temptation to buy this one as well so ordered Vol. 4: Piano Concertos as well.

Now before writing my opinions about this box set (top notch :) ) I wish to tell everyone how I review box sets. I think when you buy a box set you are buying the box set because of the complete works or as in my case, to complete a greater collection (CME). The problem with these sets is that you cannot get the definitive version on each composition interpreted. To expect that would be unrealistic. Well, perhaps not so unrealistic, taking Maestro Karajan's 1962 Beethoven Cycle, but that kind of recordings come along very rarely. You cannot expect to see Luciano Pavarotti or Placido Domingo on each tenor arias on Vol. 12 or Bryn Terfel and other great baritones on each baritone arias. If you'd like to get it that way, you have to give a lot of time and money.

My personal opinion on this product is that it is a great collection to own. It is complete, it features Alfred Brendel and Sir Neville Marriner (who is one of the most respected Mozartians) on the majority of tracks and their take on these compositions are terrific, though not definitive. I consider this a great addition to my music library and think that everyone will come to think of it this way once they listen to the recording.

As a final note, I know that $96 sounds like a lot at first (It did to a lot of my friends who cannot even justify to spend $10 on a music CD) but there are 12 CDs inside and you get to listen Alfred Brendel and Neville Marriner. On top of that this is a Philips production and rest assured this is one of the greatest three classical labels, along with Decca (who specializes on opera) and Deutsche Grammophon.

Get it, you won't be dissappointed at all.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Serious "Collectors Edition" 19 Oct 2013
By John T. Blake - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the edition of Mozart's complete piano concertos for the serious collector. Unlike the recent cheapo Decca release, this edition is beautifully packaged with each disc in a sturdy cardboard envelope, with track listing. As part of Philip's revised "Complete Mozart Edition" in box sets, this set will surely increase in value in the future and truly become a collectors item. St Martin-in-the-Fields, directed by Marriner, specialize in performing music of the "Classic" period of classical music, especially Mozart and Haydn, and they are wonderful in these performances. Brendel is the consumate performer of Mozart's Piano concertos. As noted by other reviewers, the first two discs in the set are performed by other artists. The first disc contains Mozart's first 4 piano concertos, which are often missing in other Mozart piano concerto sets. Although these are merely arrangements (by Mozart) of the work of other composers, they are delightful and are some of my favorite concertos. They are played on the pianoforte in this set. The second disc contains three obscure Mozart arrangements played on the harpsicord and kind of sound squirrelly, but the disc also features a well respected performance of Mozart's triple piano concerto featuring the Labeque sisters with Seymon Bychlov. This is the set to get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart Complete Edition 16 Oct 2013
By John Sydney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This boxed CD set which was originally part of a 17 box set collection was being marketed in Australia in around 2005, in the days when there still were shops selling CDs. If you had around $2500 to buy the entire collection in those days, you were indeed fortunate. This boxed set may not please the purists as the recordings date from the 70's and 80's but for general listening pleasure, I recommend it as a buy. Also, come on, Vivendi, Amazon US, Amazon UK, please can someone offer each of these box sets in the entire collection in CDs for an affordable price. The symphonies box set is being offered on Amazon UK for US$500. Its good, but its certainly not worth that ! Newbury Comics in the US will not sell these box sets outside the US. Neither will a few other US suppliers. Why ?
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