Mozart Piano Concertos KV. 413, KV. 414 & KV. 423

La Petite Bande

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Mozart conceived three piano-concerti K.413, 414 and 415 in 1782, one year after he had settled in Vienna as a more or less freelance musician. By then he had already composed four concertos for piano and orchestra, one for three (or two) pianos and orchestra, and another one for two pianos and orchestra. It was also the period in which he was working on his opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K.384 and on the first String Quartet No. 14, K.387 of the six dedicated to Haydn in 1785. 

 

From onset, his idea was to get these works (K.413, 414 and 415) published; he obviously expected a positive response from the public, not only on the financial level but also as a composer and piano virtuoso. In order to enhance the attraction for his publication, he decided to write these concertos in such a way that they could be performed not only with full orchestra (i.e. strings and winds) but also with a reduced accompaniment of only string quartet. Clearly, Mozart did not consider this strategic starting point as an artistic limitation, but rather as a challenge: in fact, already the score without the wind parts should leave nothing to be desired. This resulted in very careful and beautiful string writing, matching the solo part in the most effective and intimate way. The wind parts were then conceived to accentuate and “colour” certain passages in the accompaniment with even more depth. 

Tracklist

1.
Piano Concerto No. 11 in F Major, K. 413/387a- Allegro
10:12
2.
Piano Concerto No. 11 in F Major, K. 413/387a- Larghetto
07:33
3.
Piano Concerto No. 11 in F Major, K. 413/387a- Tempo di Minuetto
05:41
4.
Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415/387b- Allegro
10:44
5.
Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415/387b- Andante
07:23
6.
Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415/387b- Rondeau. Allegro
08:20
7.
Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414/385p- Allegro
10:00
8.
Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414/385p- Andante
07:45
9.
Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414/385p- Rondeau. Allegretto
06:49

Total time: 01:14:27

Additional information

Label

SKU

CC72752

Qualities

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Artists

Composers

Genres

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Cables

Siltech

Digital Converters

Horus, DCS

Editing Software

Pyramix

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Microphones

Sonodore

Conductors

Original Recording Format

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert vand er Wolf

Recording location

Kapel Holland College, Leuven Belgium

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

Release Date February 10, 2017

Press reviews

HRAudio.net 5 out of 5

“This will be one of my briefest reviews. The short of it: This is a ‘must have’ album.

Three of Mozart’s sunniest piano concerti in chamber version is not new. But this one is.

We don’t deal here with so called ‘reduced’ versions. Mozart meant them, right from the start, to be issued in a chamber format for piano and string quartet as well. He cleverly constructed these concerti – which he composed for his ‘debut’ in Vienna – in such a way that the strings carry the heart of the matter, whereas the winds were assigned to adding ornamental elements which could be removed without amputating the beauty of the music.

Why a ‘must have’? Because it is so very well played; because the program is so generously filled (over 74 minutes), but above all, because Sigiswald Kuijken had the genial idea to replace the cello with a contra bass. The resulting sound spectrum is full & round with such a beautiful sonority that it made my comparison: Jean-Philippe Collard and the Quator Muir (EMI CDC 7 49156 2) sounding thin and bottomless, fading away completely in the ‘bloom’ here on display.

As to be expected, there are some mechanical noises from the forte piano, but for the rest Bert van der Wolf and North Star Recording Services are once more at their best!

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