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Mozart: Piano Concertos K453 & K4 (Kristian Bezuidenhout)

Freiburger Barockorchester, Kristian Bezuidenhout Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Petra Müllejans
  • Composer: W.A. Mozart
  • Audio CD (5 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B007X98RGU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegro
4. Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in a Major, K386
5. Allegro
6. Andante
7. Allegretto

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'Early on in the planning of these sessions, we decided that the microphone placement would be very different from traditional set-ups. After much experimentation, we opted for a layout very much like theatre in the round, with the keyboard in the very centre, winds in a line facing the solo instrument, and the strings as a sort of envelope all around and behind the piano. Crucially, it brings the winds such operatic characters in Mozart s Viennese concertos very much to the fore of the sonic picture; it also encourages a much more natural and vivid interplay between the piano and the wind band. It has meant that the kind of keyboard-dominated sound one sometimes encounters, has been replaced by what E. T. A. Hoffmann described as a symphony with piano obbligato the piano, playing both solo and continuo, darts in and out of the lush orchestral texture; at times, incredibly prominent, at other moments, purely accompanimental. Mozart s sensational gifts as an improviser are well known by now, and indeed there are frequent places in the piano part where embellishment is an obligatory element of the stylistic grammar. Our feeling was that this spirit of spontaneity should extend to the orchestra as well. One will notice that the solo wind instruments depart from the text on numerous occasions; these ornaments were partly pre-planned, partly refined and revised by the wonderful wind principals of the FBO. After all, Mozart was writing for some of the most gifted and wellrespected wind soloists of the time, and although it is hard to prove, I find it difficult to imagine that he would have frowned on his collaborators natural tendency to introduce subtle embellishments.' Kristian Bezuidenhout

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HMF 902147; HARMONIA MUNDI - Francia; Classica Orchestrale per Piano

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5.0 out of 5 stars from the heart ! 17 Feb 2014
By joris
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A different Mozart. Exiting the way Bezuidenhout and the Freiburger orchestra make this so well known pieces sound. Buy it !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Thing 24 Mar 2013
By J. Genzlinger - Published on
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To my knowledge this is the first recording of Mozart's piano concertos by these forces. One can only hope for more releases for these are idiomatic readings in splendid sound. Kristian Bezuidenhout uses a fortepiano by Paul McNulty (after an 1805 Walter) and its tone is full and sweet, well voiced and balanced. Admittedly, the orchestra is paired down to five 1st violins, five 2nd violins, four violas, three `cellos and two double basses. Lest you fear that these period instruments would render a thin and anemic orchestral sound, just listen to the ritornello of K482 at a moderately high volume: Mozart's regal E-flat packs a serious and incisive punch. Other potential balance issues are solved in two ways: by having the orchestra encircle the pianoforte, which allows for a concertante impression of the wind writing, and by one-to-a-part string playing at moments where the fortepiano and full orchestra are superimposed, or where a chamber-like intent is clear (e.g., the interpolated A-flat Minuet in K482's rondo-finale). What this allows is crystal-clear wind parts, so crucial to Mozart's textures and sound world and easily lost with modern instrument orchestras bent on silky strings and a huge piano tone. It is easy to believe that this is the way Mozart heard these incredible works when he premiered them.

Opportunity for player improvisation is a common feature of Mozart's Vienna concertos and is absolutely required in passages where he sketched little more than a few notes per bar, probably a reminder to himself of the general scalic range of what he would play in the moment (to hear some pianists play this exactly as written only reveals their own total lack of imagination and/or understanding and does nothing to honor the composer's intentions). Bezuidenhout fills in these "blanks" with stylistically appropriate embellishments, and encourages the wind players to do likewise wherever it makes sense. He states that these ornaments were "partly pre-planned, partly refined and revised by the wonderful wind principals of the FBO". The C Major episode of K482's beautifully moving c minor Andante, a combination form of rondo and variations, is a notable example. One can imagine Mozart similarly encouraging his own wind choir, especially since they were generally made up of virtuosos.

Sound is excellent although surround would have been welcome. Tempos are relatively conventional (i.e., no mannered eccentricities), but the performances are anything but. Urgently recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart as Mozart would love it 31 Jan 2014
By Frank Peele - Published on
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While Mozart well-played on a modern piano can be sublime, and there are many great recordings out there, this CD offers the engaging sound of the instrument Mozart would have played and written for -- the pianoforte. Bezuidenhout does a fine justice to these concertos, playing with what's easy to imagine as the same kind of youthful joy Mozart would have expressed in playing them. As Bezuidenhout matures, it's likely that his recordings will become even more enjoyable. But don't let that take anything away from appreciating this and his other recordings now -- you'll find yourself listening again and again as I have. Highly recommended!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome addition to the Mozart collection 4 Dec 2012
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Kristian Beziuidenhout and the Freiburgers have again joined forces to give us another lively and appealing set of Mozart keyboard concertos played on the pianoforte. Beziuidenhout has a real flair for this music, and his partners are quite simply the best. This one belongs in your collection.
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