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Mozart - Complete Piano Concertos (10 cds) Box set

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  • Conductor: Jos van Immerseel
  • Composer: Mozart
  • Audio CD (22 Aug. 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Channel Classics
  • ASIN: B000003UWY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,924 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Clavier-Concert 5 KV 175 In D: Allegro
  2. Clavier-Concert 5 KV 175 In D: Andante ma un poco Adagio
  3. Clavier-Concert 5 KV 175 In D: Allegro
  4. Clavier-Concert 9 KV 271 In Es: Allegro
  5. Clavier-Concert 9 KV 271 In Es: Andantino
  6. Clavier-Concert 9 KV 271 In Es: Rondeau Presto Menuetto - Tempo Primo

Disc: 2

  1. Clavier-Concert 8 KV 246 In C: Allegro Aperto
  2. Clavier-Concert 8 KV 246 In C: Andante
  3. Clavier-Concert 8 KV 246 In C: Rondeau Tempo di Menuetto
  4. Clavier-Concert 28 KV 382 In D - Rondo: Allegretto Grazioso Adagio - Allegro
  5. Clavier-Concert 12 KV 414 In A: Allegro
  6. Clavier-Concert 12 KV 414 In A: Andante
  7. Clavier-Concert 12 KV 414 In A: Allegretto

Disc: 3

  1. Clavier-Concert 11 KV 413 In F: Allegro
  2. Clavier-Concert 11 KV 413 In F: Larghetto
  3. Clavier-Concert 11 KV 413 In F: Tempo di Menuetto
  4. Clavier-Concert 13 KV 415 In C: Allegro poco Maestoso
  5. Clavier-Concert 13 KV 415 In C: Andante
  6. Clavier-Concert 13 KV 415 In C: Allegro Scherzando
  7. Clavier-Concert 14 KV 449 In Es: Allegro Vivace
  8. Clavier-Concert 14 KV 449 In Es: Andantino
  9. Clavier-Concert 14 KV 449 In Es: Allegro ma non troppo

Disc: 4

  1. Clavier-Concert 15 KV 450 In B Flat: Allegro
  2. Clavier-Concert 15 KV 450 In B Flat: Andante
  3. Clavier-Concert 15 KV 450 In B Flat: Allegro
  4. Clavier-Concert 16 KV 451 In D: Allegro assai
  5. Clavier-Concert 16 KV 451 In D: Andante
  6. Clavier-Concert 16 KV 451 In D: Rondo, Allegro di molto

Disc: 5

  1. Clavier-Concert 6 KV 238 In B Flat: Allegro aperto
  2. Clavier-Concert 6 KV 238 In B Flat: Andante un poco Adagio
  3. Clavier-Concert 6 KV 238 In B Flat: Allegro Rondo
  4. Clavier-Concert 17 KV 453 In G: Allegro
  5. Clavier-Concert 17 KV 453 In G: Andante
  6. Clavier-Concert 17 KV 453 In G: Allegretto

Disc: 6

  1. Clavier-Concert 18 KV 456 In B Flat: Allegro Vivace
  2. Clavier-Concert 18 KV 456 In B Flat: Andante un poco Sostenuto
  3. Clavier-Concert 18 KV 456 In B Flat: Allegro Vivace
  4. Clavier-Concert 19 KV 459 In F: Allegro
  5. Clavier-Concert 19 KV 459 In F: Allegretto
  6. Clavier-Concert 19 KV 459 In F: Allegro assai

Disc: 7

  1. Clavier-Concert 20 KV 466 In D Minor: Allegro
  2. Clavier-Concert 20 KV 466 In D Minor: Romanze
  3. Clavier-Concert 20 KV 466 In D Minor: Allegro assai
  4. Clavier-Concert 21 KV 467 In C: Allegro Maestoso
  5. Clavier-Concert 21 KV 467 In C: Andante
  6. Clavier-Concert 21 KV 467 In C: Allegro Vivace

Disc: 8

  1. Clavier-Concert 22 KV 482 In E Flat: Allegro
  2. Clavier-Concert 22 KV 482 In E Flat: Andante
  3. Clavier-Concert 22 KV 482 In E Flat: Allegro
  4. Clavier-Concert 23 KV 488 In A: Allegro
  5. Clavier-Concert 23 KV 488 In A: Andante
  6. Clavier-Concert 23 KV 488 In A: Presto

Disc: 9

  1. Clavier-Concert 24 KV 491 In C Minor: Allegro
  2. Clavier-Concert 24 KV 491 In C Minor: Larghetto
  3. Clavier-Concert 24 KV 491 In C Minor: Allegretto
  4. Clavier-Concert 25 KV 503 In C: Allegro Maestoso
  5. Clavier-Concert 25 KV 503 In C: Andante
  6. Clavier-Concert 25 KV 503 In C: Allegretto

Disc: 10

  1. Clavier-Concert 26 KV 537 In D: Allegro
  2. Clavier-Concert 26 KV 537 In D: Larghetto
  3. Clavier-Concert 26 KV 537 In D: Allegretto
  4. Clavier-Concert 27 KV 595 In B Flat: Allegro
  5. Clavier-Concert 27 KV 595 In B Flat: Larghetto
  6. Clavier-Concert 27 KV 595 In B Flat: Allegro

Product Description

Volume 6 of Margaret Phillips on-going and critically-acclaimed cycle of the complete organ works of JS Bach Two CD set at two-for-one price, each disc is a self-contained recital featuring major works, a trio sonata, a concerto and a selections of chorale preludes. The first disc features one of the worlds most iconic historic organs, built in 1738 by Christian Müller, in St Bavos church in Haarlem. The second disc features the large 2004 Bernard Aubertin organ in St Louis-en-lÎle, Paris. Built in eighteenth-century German style this instrument is a similar size to the one in Haarlem and offers a fascinating comparison. Repertoire includes some of Bachs largest works for organ, with the Prelude and Fugues in Eminor (Wedge) and B minor at Haarlem and the Fantasia and Fugue in G minor at Paris.

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Were we really waiting for another version of the complete Mozart pianoconcertos? Probably not. But hold on...this is different. This period performance version stands out. Competition comes from Gardiner/Bilson, Melvyn Tan, Hogwood/Levin, Staier and, my favourite, Bruggen/Gibbons.
There is a lot to be said for this excellent version from the Belgian Van Immerseel and his superb orchestra. You will discover an immense musicality, you will listen to these concertos in a way you have not listened to them before. Van Immerseel is an accomplished player but lever lets virtuosity come in the way of musicality. Every concerto brings something new, sometimes in the form of rythm, somtimes timbre and tonality, sometimes accentuation, or balance between instruments. Especially the wind instruments are of the quality we have come to expect from the north European period instruments orchestras.
The earlier concertos normally get ignored in favour of the later ones. Not so here, they are played with the same vigour and craftsmanship as the later ones.
The recording is also excellent as most Channel Classics recordings are. I encourage you to listen to some of the samples on this website if they are still there. Luckily you can also buy most of these discs separately to get a selection of some of these superb performances
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d17c5a0) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d6c7bdc) out of 5 stars Beautifully Performed and a Bargain 5 July 2006
By Virginia Opera Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
To get a couple of minor negatives out of the way first: This is an integral of the original solo concertos only. You won't get the four juvenile arrangements of other composers' work for the piano and orchestra. The three piano concerto is missing. More regrettably, so is the duo piano concerto. Notes are minimal and in German only, so newcomers won't find much in the way of background on the music or the performers. The 5 star rating is based upon the performances, not for the presentation.

Those negatives aside, I am glad I bought the set. Immerseel's performances on a sweet-toned fortepiano are technically polished, well inflected and have all sorts of nicely turned improvisation-like touches. He also plays continuo in the tuttis. The period instrument orchestra acquits itself well. The tension between the fortepiano, wind band, and strings is much easier to put across with period instruments. The acoustic is intimate but lively and very nicely recorded.

I also own the Bilson/Gardiner Archiv cycle and the torso of the aborted Levin/Hogwood effort. The latter was an unfortunate casualty of the downturn in the recording industry a few years back and would probably have been the preferred cycle, for Levin's improvised cadenzas alone. If you can live with the omissions in Immerseel's work, you won't be disappointed if you are in the market for a period instrument cycle. The performances are top drawer and at roughly $6 per disc a bargain. The Bilson/Gardiner effort is a little more expensive in its current mid-price issue and includes the multiple piano concertos, but also omitting the four early arrangements.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d0f0c6c) out of 5 stars Beautifully done, temperate, wonderful sounding and constantly delightful 13 July 2007
By Larry VanDeSande - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am 100 percent in harmony with the other reviewers that gave this set 5 stars. It is a wonderful rendition of Mozart's known concertos on 10 separate disks grouped in a box. Jos von Immerseel, one of the heavyweights of period performance, plays period keyboard and conducts his orchestra, Anime Eternal, in these early 1990s recordings that sound splendid, spacious, and highly detailed.

Whether you are listening to the joyous tread of the early Concerto No. 5, or one of the mature minor key concerti, or the final incomparable Concerto No. 27, Immerseel takes you on a journey of delight and discovery with playing and recording that is uniformly outstanding throughout the collection.

Immerseel's playing is always tempered by the moderation that keeps Mozart from becoming Beethoven. Indeed, I find Immerseel more temrperamentally suited to Mozart than Beethoven, based on his recordings of Ludwig van's Concerti Nos. 1-5. While those are good and No. 4 is great, they are not performed with the stylistic qualities or level of spit and polish he and his band regularly demonstrate in Mozart.

Anime Eterna plays and responds wonderfully for the maestro-soloist in this set. The period strings don't have the luster of modern steel strings but they play well and don't sound like iron on iron. Meanwhile, the woodwinds, brass and timpani all perform admirably and they capture every nuance Mozart put into these scores.

This set is a keeper for anyone that wants to hear Mozart played on instruments and in sound that may have mimicked what it was like in his day. I've heard a few of the competing period performances in Mozart and none impressed me like Immerseel and Anime Eterna. If you put this set on your shelf next to Buchbinder's grand piano box with Vienna Symphony, you are equipped well enough in this repertoire to outlast most competition for the next quarter-century.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e3a9dbc) out of 5 stars Delicious 17 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've heard about every major recording (and minor) of Mozart's piano concertos. I even bought Bilson's outing with Gardiner and the EBS.
But I'll probably buy this one too, now, after having heard it all awhile back. Even if you hate the fortepiano, you may well like the one Immerseel plays here. It's really delicious.
Immerseel's orchestra is top-notch; his playing is full of nuance and character, the recorded sound is to die for, consistency from Concerto to Concerto is first-rate. This is a truly outstanding piece of work. I'd buy it before it goes out of print...as a matter of fact, I better get on that..
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d6c7dd4) out of 5 stars a note on the two editions, and a possible competitor 13 Nov. 2011
By Octave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I can only tip my hat to the other reviews, in terms of the actual music and performances, because this is my first collection of period (fortepiano) concertos to own, and perhaps only the third large collection I've heard; so I'm uncomfortable weighing in on the merits of this set relative to other recordings with comparable instrumental practice. While it's not at all evident to me that fortepiano is The Way to hear this music, making the adjustment has been a great source of pleasure, not unlike learning a foreign language and discovering your own native tongue in a new light; even having enjoyed solo Schubert on (later, different?) period fortepianos, it was a bit of a stretch for me to start enjoying the sound of the fortepiano here.

Let me just mention a couple boring product-related things that I wish I'd known before buying this set.

First, I found a reasonable ($40 all in) new copy of the original (so-called "deluxe", if I am correct) edition of this box via Amazon Marketplace. The reasonable price and the possibility of the set going out of print was what motivated me to finally take the plunge; not terrible reasons, but not exactly "musical" reasons. This set (pictured above, with the tacky gold print in a black "fragment" field on garish blue), from 1991, is actually TEN FULL-SIZE SINGLE-DISC JEWEL CASES in a very cheap boxy slipcase, by 2011 standards a huge, ungainly cube/brick; there are brief liner notes in English translation only (general notes and brief notes on each of the pieces), by Immerseel, included with the first disc. Such packaging might provide better protection than cheap cardboard or paper slips (now the norm for bargain boxes), but the result is both rather cheap-looking and very bulky. A minor consideration, and easily remedied...but something I'd seen no mention of elsewhere. FYI! The (if I'm correct) "bargain" reissue of the set from 2008 (which Prestoclassical has referred to as "out of print", though Amazon still seems to carry them new) looks like it might be packaged in a more modern, space-saving, and somewhat more visually pleasing box; though I didn't feel like paying ~$18 extra for this advantage. It's here:
Mozart: Complete Solo Clavier-Concerte [Box Set]

Second, before buying the Immerseel set, I did some research, but not enough; I am still uncertain that I made the best decision to go with the Immerseel, as this equivalently-priced and apparently much more recently recorded 11-disc set from Viviana Sofronitsky (released domestically in 2011) has received much praise, often favoring it to the Immerseel:
Complete Fortepiano Concerto
No regrets, as both sets are really rather cheap; but buyers savvier than myself might do well to read some reviews of the Sofronitsky set as a point of comparison. I am not sure how many fortepiano cycles I myself need to own, so I might eventually buy the other and part with one of the two.

And I would greatly welcome comment to this review with suggestions/opinions about great recordings, period and modern alike, of the Mozart concertos...such comments would be greatly appreciated! I'm still a newcomer.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d0e596c) out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful performances, very flawed balance 19 Nov. 2013
By Long-Time Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I can certainly agree with all that's been said here about the quality of Immerseel's interpretations, the beautiful orchestral playing, the general quality of the recording, and so on. Having said that, I think some listeners will be in for a big disappointment if they're not aware of the balance problem between the pianoforte and the orchestra. I really want to like these so much--they really are beautifully played and recorded--but the sound of the pianoforte is simply too tiny and distant against the backdrop of that almost larger-than-life period orchestra. I have to really strain to hear it. Maybe this accurately reflects a period sound, and it might be OK in a live performance, but in a set of recordings that people will presumably listen to over and over, the problem should have been corrected. It's fairly amazing to me that the entire set was produced with this flaw. The result for me is that I do in fact have trouble enjoying these despite the absolute beauty that they project in so many other ways. I can tell you I won't ever let this set go, however.
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