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Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Barenboim, English Co . Release Date: 10/20/1998 . Label: EMI Classics , Catalog #: 72930 . Spars Code: ADD . Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart . Performer: Daniel Barenboim . Conductor: Daniel Barenboim . Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra . Number of Discs: 10 . Recorded in: Stereo . Length: 11 Hours 1 Mins. Works on This Recording: 1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in F major, K 37 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano) Conductor: Daniel Barenboim Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra Written: 1767; Salzburg, Austria . 2. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B major, K 39 . 3. Concerto for Piano no 3 in D major, K 40 . 4. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, K 41 . 5. Concerto for Piano no 5 in D major, K 175 . 6. Concerto for Piano no 6 in B flat major, K 238 . 7. Concerto for Piano no 8 in C major, K 246 "Lützow" . 8. Concerto for Piano no 9 in E flat major, K 271 "Jeunehomme" . 9. Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503 . 10. Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D major, K 382 . 11. Concerto for Piano no 11 in F major, K 413 (387a) . 12. Concerto for Piano no 12 in A major, K 414 (385p) . 13. Concerto for Piano no 13 in C major, K 415 (387b) . 14. Concerto for Piano no 14 in E flat major, K 449 . 15. Concerto for Piano no 15 in B flat major, K 450 . 16. Concerto for Piano no 16 in D major, K 451 . 17. Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453 . 18. Concerto for Piano no 26 in D major, K 537 "Coronation" . 19. Concerto for Piano no 18 in B flat major, K 456 . 20. Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459 . 21. Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 . 22. Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 . 23. Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 . 24. Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595 . 25. Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major, K 482 . 26. Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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EMI invited Daniel Barenboim to record the complete series, with the English Chamber Orchestra, as conductor and soloist. The recordings were made at London's Abbey Road Studios between 1967 and 1974. In CD form, in a little box that will occupy only the width of an average size book on you shelf, the performances were re-released, sounding warm, natural and detailed, in 1998. All the solo piano concertos are here, together with two rondos for piano and orchestra.
Other pianists might produce a better effect here or there, or provide different inflections and nuances that are appropriate, but Barenboim's interpretations seem to me to be totally satisfying. He uses what Mozart cadenzas have survived and elsewhere provides either his own or those written by creative keyboard players of an earlier generation such as Edwin Fischer and Wanda Landowska.
Recordings have not yet been able to capture the spatial dynamics that seems so magical at an actual performance of a Mozart piano concerto. You can't yet hear and see when only the wind section of the orchestra is playing, or that the trumpet is announcing from the back of the stage that the D Minor Concerto is about to finish. Meanwhile, recordings such as this will help keep great music alive in your head and your home.
Barenboim's legendary cycle recorded in the 1960's and 70's, both soloist and conducting the English Chamber orchestra. Which was, and still is, a superb Mozart orchestra. And Barenboim being one of the best exponents of Mozart and Beethoven I've heard.
Barenboim never rushes these works. Giving breadth, structure and feeling to all of them. Infact he slows right down in some of the slow movements. (I love the very slow tempo of second movement of PC No.21 for example).
Recordings are clear and honest. With good balance between Orchestra and Soloist. Shame the works are not laid out in compositional order on the discs though. And also no sleeve notes on Barenboim- which is surprising as he was, and still is such a prominent musical artist.
All-in all, a great package and worth getting...
Barenboim's own cadenzas are enjoyable. I don't notice any lack of maturity in the playing, but this may be my inexperience!
Some prefer Ashkenazy, but it is quite a bit more expensive [though it does include those works just mentioned].
I am confident most readers will be very happy with this set.
Barenboim never seems to show off or go "over the top", and captures the spirit of these pieces perfectly. The recording of the 20th in D Minor (one of my favourite works and my favourite Mozart concerto) is particularly excellent, with real power in the first movement (that I've not yet found matched or bettered in any other recording of this work) contrasts with serene beauty in the second.
The sound quality is excellent with the perfect balance of volume between the piano and orchestra. Barenboim's playing is as ever crisp, clear and never rushed.
I've also heard some of Barenboim's later recordings of these concertos and must say that although they are also very good they lack something that is present here. I would definitely recommend these older recordings over the newer.
As for the music itself, well it's Mozart, and the Piano Concerto was for Mozart what the Symphony was to Beethoven - something special and something he did better than most.
This is the only set of these Concertos you will ever need.
He does not place enough faith in Mozart as a composer to include all the required flourishes. This leaves the music feeling stressed and cluttered. There are also times when Barenboim seems reluctant to flow with the orchestra, playing a staccato left-hand where most other performers would play smoothly and softly. Some may say it is these strange choices that distinguish this recording. Truthfully, it spoils it.
However, there are moments when we hear exactly why Barenboim is such a respected pianist. And it is these triumphs that make up for the detail lost in his playing.
Overall, the quality of performance is inconsistent, but Barenboim does give something to the music that other performers are too scared to do. It is also nice that many of Mozart's original cadenza's are included.
I recommend Derek Han's recording, as it provides a good balance of faith and originality.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
excellent experience and product. i am very happy with the transaction.Published 13 months ago by magister
Whatever the quality of the performances it is hard to love the dull, flat sound quality. Getting through the set is hard work, in fact I have yet to make it to the end.Published 22 months ago by pmcoates
Mozart is my favourite classical composer(I have been "hooked" on Mozart since the tender age of 14.) This recording is excellent,
from another of my favorites (EMI. Read more
More words would be meaningless as it has not been played yet.
I do not mind reviewing these items but you surely must agree that I can't say more at present.
As a student I always felt that Mozart should be conducted like Beethoven, and that beethoven could do with less fist banging on the table. Read morePublished on 4 May 2013 by Clive Graham Gray
This is marvellous, I will enjoy it for ever. I listen to the music in my car and it keeps me calm and cool even in the South Afica Summer.Published on 20 Jan. 2013 by Barbara Russell
We were saddened to find that Piano Concertos No 7, K242 and No 10, K365 appeared to be missing.
Given that they are for three and two pianos respectively, and that an... Read more
For less than £30, you just can't go wrong with a 10 disc box set like this. Now I'm not a classical aficionado, so I can't do a major, in depth analysis of Barenboim's playing,... Read morePublished on 8 May 2012 by O. J. Mcdonnell
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