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Mozart: Great Piano Concertos Vol. 1, Nos. 19 20 21 23 24

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Neville Marriner , Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields , Alfred Brendel Audio CD
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listen  1. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.19 in F, K.459 - 1. Allegro vivaceSir Neville Marriner12:16Album Only
listen  2. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.19 in F, K.459 - 2. AllegrettoSir Neville Marriner 8:18Album Only
listen  3. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.19 in F, K.459 - 3. Allegro assaiSir Neville Marriner 7:20Album Only
listen  4. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 1. AllegroSir Neville Marriner13:27Album Only
listen  5. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 2. RomanceSir Neville Marriner 9:14Album Only
listen  6. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 3. Rondo (Allegro assai)Sir Neville Marriner 7:13Album Only
listen  7. Mozart: Concert Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D. K.382 - 1. Allegretto graziosoSir Neville Marriner 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mozart: Concert Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D. K.382 - 2. AdagioSir Neville Marriner 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mozart: Concert Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D. K.382 - 3. AllegroSir Neville Marriner 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 1. AllegroSir Neville Marriner11:07Album Only


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listen  1. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 2. AndanteSir Neville Marriner 6:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 3. Allegro assaiSir Neville Marriner 7:53Album Only
listen  3. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 1. AllegroSir Neville Marriner13:27Album Only
listen  4. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 2. AndanteSir Neville Marriner 6:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 3. Allegro vivace assaiSir Neville Marriner 6:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 1. (Allegro)Sir Neville Marriner13:14Album Only
listen  7. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 2. LarghettoSir Neville Marriner 7:13Album Only
listen  8. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 3. (Allegretto)Sir Neville Marriner 9:03Album Only
listen  9. Mozart: Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in A, K.386 - Completion: Erik Smith/Alfred BrendelSir Neville Marriner 8:36Album Only


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Alfred Brendel studied piano, composition and conducting in Zagreb and Graz, and completed his piano studies with Edwin Fischer, Paul Baumgartner, and Edward Steuermann. His international career began after winning a prize at the 1949 Busoni Competition and he now performs regularly at the world's major musical centres and festivals. He was the first pianist to record Beethoven's ... Read more in Amazon's Alfred Brendel Store

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  • Performer: Alfred Brendel
  • Orchestra: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Conductor: Neville Marriner
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (April 12, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B000004194
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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154 of 163 people found the following review helpful
By Smaug
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To give you an idea of how much I like this, I have already bought two copies of this one and two copies of Vol. 2. (gifts) To begin with, the music is so beautiful, it occasionally brings a tear to my eye. Alfred Brendel (the pianist) plays with spirit, but doesn't overdo it like Daniel Barenboim does. (I have the complete Mozart Piano Concertos played by Barenboim from the EMI label, and he didn't play them this well) The only pianist I like better for Mozart is Alicia de Larocha, but her recordings are much more expensive, and she only recorded a few of these Piano Concertos.
If I were to recommend three sets of CDs to represent Mozart, I would choose his late symphonies (sold here on the Deutsch Gramophone (sp?) label) and Vols. 1 & 2 of his Piano Concertos through Philips. Also, look for Mozart's Horn, Oboe, and Bassoon Concertos, and his Piano Sonatas, which are also outstanding.
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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
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I found this 2-CD set to be an absolute delight. It contains 5 of Mozart's most famous piano concertos and his two rondos for piano as well - a particularly generous offering! From opening to closing measure of every selection, pianist Alfred Brendel and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner, team up to establish a splendid musical dialog. Brendel is a wonderful interpreter and player of Mozart's music; I found him to be particularly expressive in Concerto No. 20 (my favorite) and No. 21. The 2 piano rondos are sheer magic from start to finish as well.
This CD set was awarded a rosette by the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs. (The rosette is the Penguin Guide's highest accolade, given to recordings of special distinction). For lovers of Mozart's piano concertos, this, and its companion "The Great Piano Concertos, Volume 2," are THE CDs to own!
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great pianist, great price, bad track listing February 16, 2006
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Alfred Brendel is one of the world's most famous pianists, but not for reasons that make Argerich, Paderewski, or Rubinstein famous. Brendel is an expert both artistically and technically but he is not given to highly individualistic interpretations that rattle purists and create controversy. In other words, Brendel is a highly reliable pianist. Like Murray Perahia, there are no let downs in his recorded performances. For this and the price, no one should pass up this 2 disc recording.

The only downside is the recording's track listing. Piano Concerto No. 23 is split: its first movement is in the first disc while its last two movements are in the second. Bewildering especially since the piano concertos are not sequenced chronologically. And the insert doesn't help. It does not explain the track arrangement (is it by the year of recording? by importance in Mozart's ouvre?). Nonetheless, there it is, Piano Concerto No. 23 separated into two cds. Why this has to be is difficult to understand. The first movement, allegro, is 11.04 minutes long; in the second disc, a one movement rondo, Rondo in A, KV 386, is 8.32 minutes long. Why wasn't this rondo placed in the first disc to allow a seamless playing of Piano Concerto No. 23?

This is annoying if your player does not support multiple disc playing. I bought this 2 cd set specifically for Piano Concerto No. 23, whose second movement I love. It is one of the most sublime of piano adagios, up there with the second movements of Chopin no. 1, Rachmaninoff no. 2, Shostakovich no. 2. And I bought it specifically for Brendel's performance with the ASMITF, conducted by Neville Marriner. Brendel really makes the piano weep here. His evocations of a human's cycle of grief and redemption make the performance definitive for Piano Concerto No. 23. If the split won't bother you, do yourself a favor and get a copy.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Penguin Guide "Recommended Recording" January 14, 2005
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With his 27 piano concertos, Mozart developed the form to a new level of artistry and claimed dominion of the piano concerto genre. As a whole, these are amoung the richest treasures in all the classical music repertoire. They make a great entry point into learning about classical music, yet remain deeply satisfying to the oldest collector.

The first few concertos resulted from early composition exercises from his father converting Baroque sonatas movements to concerto form. Mozart composed the first original concerto at a mere age 17 (No. 5, K.175) and remained one of his favorite. No. 9, composed for a potential love interest Mlle. Jeunehomme, is both pure charm and brilliant form where concertos #14-27 are the gems of the "mature" works. While most works here are typically sunny, lively and galante, a couple (like #20 & 24) with their ominous minor-key movements paved the way for Beethoven's innovations and expressiveness. The shift towards an introspective and simple mood in the last concerto #27 (along with his last chamber works) possibly foreshadowed a new phase - which, if true, was sadly cut short by Mozart's early death in 1791.

This 2-CD set showcases several concertos considered the "creme-de-la-creme" of the 27. These readings by Brendel and Marriner are alive with enthusiasm, warmth, and the typical Brendel precision. The balance of the piano and orchestra is ideal and brings out the interplay Mozart had in mind in this genre. Along with Murray Perahia's legendary complete set, Brendel's performances of Mozart's piano concertos are considered on the whole to be at the top of the list overall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sweeeet
Mozart is always good. There is a reason he is ranked in the top 3 of lists of greatest composers(along with Beethoven and Bach).
Published 4 months ago by Thomas G. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Brendel and Sir Mariner SHINE BRIGHTLY !
This a great recording .. Brendel is my favorite Beethoven interpreter ... this recording is evidence that he is (or was) a master interpreter of Mozart's Piano compositions as... Read more
Published 5 months ago by math_guy51
5.0 out of 5 stars Now My Favorite Music
I love Mozart's Piano Sonatas, but these Piano Concertos so much better and I now favor these over just the Sonatas, and that says a lot. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gregory J. Hauptman
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet Mozart piano works..
A lifetime of playing Mozart went into this.. much appreciated.. always learning. Matched up with Marriner, what could be better?
Published 10 months ago by Charles Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection
I've had this CD for years now and it is probably one of the ones most listened to.
Great pieces, great recording, and great quality. Read more
Published 14 months ago by synchro
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as any, better than most
I've owned this Philips Duo for about 15 years, but I was moved to take it off my shelves because I had been charmed by the recent fortepiano recording of Concertos 23 and 25 by... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 for low cost
Beautiful playing. I was looking to replace #'s 20 and 24 that I had played to the point of wearing out the Cd. Great buy.
Published 17 months ago by randtom
5.0 out of 5 stars These are among the world's finest.
These piano concertos are among a handful of the world's finest in my opinion. Six more words were required, so.
Published 20 months ago by Richard A. Frederick
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE OF THE SAME
The same comments apply to this recording of the same orchestra and the same outstanding performer. Brendel and The Academy make music like very few.
Published 21 months ago by goodmusicbuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart ...subline
Just sublime. 260 odd years after his death the world, thanks to Koerchel knows at least 500 pieces of his music. He's got mighty long legs. Pure pleasure at so many levels.
Published 23 months ago by Perry A. Johnson
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