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This review is from: Mozart: The Great Piano Concertos 19-24, 2 Concert Rondos (Audio CD)Piano Concerto 21 was used in the soundtrack for the film "Elvira Madigan". It's rather dubious lumbering a major masterpiece with a film title, but no matter. Can any piece of classical music be more approachable than this? Can any be more beautiful? If there is a heaven, this should be played as you approach the gates, just to let you know everything is going to be alright. Piano concerto's 20 and 24 approach the same level, and the others nearly so. Brendel's playing is magnificent. He's one of Rob Cowan's main choices in his excellent book "Classical 1000", and is generally regarded as one the greatest interpretors of Mozart.
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Initial post: 7 Jan 2011 10:25:50 GMT
A. Berenschot says:
What you say: "Piano Concerto 21 was used in the soundtrack for the film "Elvira Madigan". It's rather dubious lumbering a major masterpiece with a film title, but no matter"........yes year after year we still are confronted with that film title as extra to PC 21. Who of all listeners has seen this 1967 Danish film anyway? Most will not have any references to this film. So record companies should stop with this strange habit.
Posted on 1 Jan 2012 17:21:23 GMT
Lumbering a major masterpiece with a film title is not new; in the late Forties and fifties, it was Rachmaninoff second piano, and after that it was Brahms third symphony (Do you love Brahms - was the tittle for that French film), later on there was the R.Strauss Alzo Sprach Zarathustra (VPO recording/Decca/Karajan) that accompanied the "odisia" film, and more;
So no harm is done specially if it might attract the attention of someone that is not exactly at the gate of classical repertoire and might be attracted to experience a bit of it.
Secondly it is so nice, to have this concerto named after a female.
Third, no harm in letting someone enter the pantheon of art through the rear-door.
Posted on 2 Jul 2013 18:05:17 BDT
A truly sublime piece of music. Only the Adagio from Beethoven's Emperor Concerto and the Larghetto from Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 can come close. The Adagio in Grieg's Piano Concerto deserves an honourable mention perhaps.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2013 20:30:45 BDT
Elvira was a great cult movie, the military march of the first movement and the inner slow movement of course suited the film's subject matter entirely. If the music leads a few people to explore this exceptional film why not the better? On the subject of Mozart...he is somewhat overrated, and the religious cult surrounding him is not healthy either to the composer or classical music in general. The other musical excerpts in the film from Vivaldi are equally lovely. Why run one creative form down whilst building up another? I don't understand it.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2013 20:32:43 BDT
Excellent response to what I consider a rather crude remark about a very good film in its own right ....after all there are music lovers who detest Mozart.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2013 20:49:06 BDT
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David; I would very much recommend the film "tout les matins du monde"
heavenly music for (old cello instrument) and superb filming (also available as just a CD...).
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2013 13:48:55 BDT
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I remember you from the Rossini Petite Messe review forum wherein I suggested there was a film of the Sawallisch CD ....lo and behold God has granted my wish and I have stumbled across it here
Youtube on Giorgio GBOpera where "he" has posted a scene from the TV broadcast.
I must say you did not believe me when I said it was filmed..so there it is. One cannot record from Youtube, but one can do some analog mechanical skullduggery and set up a camera or phone in video mode in front of the screen - some balancing required - and record a copy for personal use. But of course I would love to buy the DVD if it were ever released. David
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2013 17:05:55 BDT
Go for it on Youtube Judy, I must say I find this internet site a fantastic resource for classical music rarities and clips, what an archival resource!
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