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Mozart: Complete FortePiano Concertos Box set

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  • Audio CD (9 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 11
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Etcetera
  • ASIN: B004M5BZR6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Larry VanDeSande on 12 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Unlike most Americans, I am not all that thrilled by things that are new. This is especially true in classical music recordings where only about 1 percent of all new recordings are improvements over the time-tested, tried and true versions we've known previously. I re-learned that lesson recently when listening to a new set of Beethoven symphonies that, while new and somewhat improved, essentially left me cold and appreciating the other sets I'd known over the past 40 years.

However, that 1 percent can be miraculous and so it is here in a new set of keyboard concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) from fortepianist Viviana Sofronitsky and Musica Antique Collegium Varsoviense (a group from Warsaw) under the baton of Tadeusz Karolak. To cut to the chase, this set is such an improvement over both the period collections by Jos van Immerseel and Anima Eterna and Malcolm Bilson-John Eliot Gardiner as to end the discussion immediately. Sofronitsky, who is the daughter of Russian pianist Vladimir, has established a remarkably consistent run through the Mozart keyboard concertos and uses an instrument so much better than anything heard before to quell any criticism and close out any comparison between this set and the predecessors.

Sofronitsky, who is aided by keyboard players Linda Nicholson and Mario Ashcauer in the multi-keyboard concertos, adapts a classical sensibility with a romantic edge in the works across the board.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Nov. 2013
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I took a risk with this complete set of recordings of the Mozart Piano concertos. I based my risk on the fact that I wanted a period instrument cycle of recordings. I also found after research on the internet that there was a lot of positive support for the set. The risk paid off. I love this set. You cannot go wrong. It is just brilliant.

When we look for a recording of classical music we can use many things to help us decide which version to go for. One element to help us may be by the reputation of the performers. When you look at Mozart Piano concertos there are, perhaps, better known performers than those on this set and it would be understandable to fall into the idea of assuming that those better known performers are going to offer a superior version.
However make no mistake this set of performances offers a first class version of the complete set of concertos.

If you are looking for a performance on modern instruments then this set will not be any good since it is a period instrument performance.
However, if your priority is just the music itself, and/or you are interested in period instrument recordings, then you cannot go wrong with this wonderful set.

Viviana Sofronitsky and Musica Antique Collegium Varsoviense come from Warsaw. And although you may not be familiar with this group of performers they are of the highest calibre.
The period instrument sound is terrific. Viviana Sofronitsky plays on an instrument that is a faithful copy by Paul McNulty of a Walter fortepiano. This adds a wonderful sound texture and great atmosphere. The instrument is a copy of Mozart's favoured instrument and it offers a beautiful sound. All of the musicians offer a warm and engaging performance with a clear understanding of Mozart's intentions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott N. on 7 Aug. 2013
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I've had the Bilson/Gardiner complete set of these works in my collection for quite some time but this has rarely been aired in recent years! Why? I wasn't sure until I came across this recording purely by chance, heard a couple of excerpts which led me to purchase the set and then suddenly it all became clear. While Gardiner's is a fine solid account, one begins to feel it lacks something more natural and that one is listening more to Beethoven in style than Mozart! This isn't the case with Karolak's stunning enterprise. What you get here are joyful, natural, wonderful performances with superb playing from both Sofronitsky and the marvellous Warsaw band, plus the excellent recording quality which allows for plenty upfront detail of the authentic instruments :-) This set has proved it's possible to breathe new life into well known works and I've a feeling it will be remaining in my collection for much longer than Gardiner's! Read the other reviews and make up your own mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Ross on 22 Aug. 2013
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For some time I'd been on the lookout for a set of the Mozart Piano Concertos to compliment the exquisitely played selection from Casadesus and Szell. And while there is a large number of contenders, none were totally convincing.

I've never understood the popularity of the Murray Perahia set, mainly because I don't at all appreciate the overly percussive instrument he uses, with its skeletal lack of tone. The Ashkenazy cycle gave great delight at first, but the more I listened the less I seemed to find. The overall mood Alfred Brendel brings is for me too cerebral and studied for this music. I greatly admire Mitsuko Uchida's playing in these concertos, truly wonderful sensitivity, mystical and responsive. But felt that the overall approach wasn't wholly convincing. And so I kept looking...

It was by chance I noticed this set, played by Viviana Sofronitsky - a name I confess that meant little to me (perhaps it was the extremely attractive presentation of this boxed set that drew my attention). But what a find! A sheer delight!

The soundscape is marvellous in every detail. The fortepiano (by Paul McNulty after Anton Walter - a maker favoured by Mozart) sounds utterly delightful and integrates to perfection with the strings and wind of the Musica Antiqua Collegium Varsoviense (a name that also meant little to me before). The recording itself is likewise ideal, and with transfers made at a high level, no detail is lost - and detail there is a-plenty!

The only comment I can make is that this is the only set of these miraculously beautiful pieces that gives me the thoroughly convincing impression that I'm actually listing to Mozart himself at the keyboard!
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