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Mozart: Complete Fortepiano Concertos [Box set]

Viviana Sofronitsky , Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Tadeusz Karolak , Musica Antiqua Collegium Varsoviense Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Collegium Varsoviense
  • Conductor: Tadeusz Karolak
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (June 14, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 11
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Etcetera
  • ASIN: B004M5BZR6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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First complete recording of Mozart s Fortepiano and Harpsichord Concertos, including the concertos
for two and three fortepianos, played on copies of period instruments (fortepiano by Paul McNulty
after Anton Walter)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Removes a layer of dust October 28, 2011
By Petpap
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After having heard many recordings of these pieces by Ashkenazy, Brendel, Anda, Levin, Schiff and Barenboim I must say that this cycle of Sofronitzki is my favourite one.

These recordings are so fresh filled and filled with clarity and joy. It is like a layer of dust has been removed from many of these pieces.

If you are used to hear these piano concertos on modern grand pianos it will probably take some time to get used to the sound of the fortepiano. It certainly took some time for me. The sound is less substained and weaker. The weaker sound compared to the orchestra bothered me a bit in the beginning. But trust me, listen more and you will love it. The fortepiano blends very well with the orchestra - better than a grand piano.

But OK, if I had access to the master tapes of these recordings I would probably still increase the volume of the fortepiano some decibels on some pieces, just because Viviana plays it so fantastic and the piano is mixed to low for my taste. This only applies to maybe two or three of the concertos. On the rest of them the piano is mixed a bit louder. Anyway, this is still a first class recording worth the highest rating.

Nobody serious would give a five-star rating to all 90 pieces on a box like this. There is bound to be different opionons on some of the pices between the performers and the listener. I would rate all 90 pieces five stars except for the following ones: The Rondo in D Major, Kv 382 is not played as Allegretto Grazioso as Mozart indicates, but more as Allegro Maestoso - there are better recordings of this piece out there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXQUISITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! December 23, 2012
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Please note: This recording is a re-issue of the original recording issued on the Pro Musica Camarata Label in 2008 (Mozart: Complete Fortepiano Concertos [Box Set].

Only rarely does an artist come along that is so marvelous with Mozart that you think that they must have been born to play Mozart. Viviana Sofronitzki is such an artist. This complete recording of Mozart's Fortepiano Concertos on original instruments is, by far, the best performance AND recording ever made of these works and I have them all on original instruments (as well as many on modern instruments). The other recordings I have on original instruments are as follows and I've made general comments about each one:

- Malcolm Bilson, John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists - Great orchestra performance but Bilson's phrasing is awkward and the fortepiano not only sounds bad it is recorded too far away and gets drowned out by the orchestra too much. Mozart: The Piano Concertos

- Robert Levin, Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music - Good performances and recordings but not as good as Viviana's

- Steven Lubin, playing and conducting a small orchestra called the Mozartean Players (3-4 first violins and 3-4 second violins, etc.)- Excellent performances and recordings but not quite as good as Viviana's but still highly recommended. (Mozart Concertos for Fortepiano No. 14 in Eb, K.449 and No. 21 in C, K.467,
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5.0 out of 5 stars There can never be too many recording of these great works
It took me a while to warm up fully to these performances but I listen to them A LOT, now with great satisfaction. They've got the spirit of Mozart right. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Josquin DesPrez
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best HIP Recording
Keyboard Concertos: Viviana Sofronitsky, fortepiano and harpsichord; Linda Nicholson, fortepiano on the concertos for 2 and 3 pianos; Mario Aschauer, fortepiano on the concerto for... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ana Paula A. Silva
3.0 out of 5 stars Technical Mastery Lacking Nuance
Viviana Sofronitzky plays the complete Fortepiano concerti (and three early harpsichord concerti) of Mozart with impressive technical precision, even brilliance from which soul,... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Eugene Narrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime!
I didn't really get into Mozart's piano concerti until this CD-set. They really were meant for the fortepiano. It fits just so much better with the orchestra to my ears. Read more
Published on September 5, 2012 by QT
3.0 out of 5 stars Falls short of Empurplement
"A King has his reign and then he dies." To date, which monarch has been the most durable? According to Egyptologists, Pepi II Neferkare of the Sixth Dynasty was Pharaoh for ninety... Read more
Published on July 20, 2012 by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon
5.0 out of 5 stars another rave for this set
Mozart's Piano concerti are pretty much my all time favorite musical compositions. I already owned complete sets by Brendel et. al. Read more
Published on April 28, 2012 by Carl Boudreau
5.0 out of 5 stars Lively
This is an excellent set on period instruments, bright,lively, and it sounds like the players are having fun. Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by Ken Braithwaite
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars means: it's ok but nothing more
I am in fear of review of this album. I've heard so many people rave about this set but I don't hear superiority in it. Of course it is not a wrong set at all. Read more
Published on November 18, 2011 by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars MOZART EN JOIE
Le premier commentaire (la pertinence avérée et connue de son auteur ! ) m'a fait acheter cette énième intégrale des concertos ; j'y suis... Read more
Published on September 3, 2011 by PVP
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