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Mozart: Piano Concertos 22 & 27 Import

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With these two Mozart piano concertos, Alfred Brendel comes full circle. Gone are the days of pounding out Beethoven's "Hammerklavier"--back trouble has seen to that--and the late Schubert sonatas are now, after their triumphant release in early 2001, safely on their way. Brendel has now gone back to the expressive simplicity of Mozart's own farewell. The 27th concerto, Mozart's last for the piano, was written after three years of abject, mendicant poverty, yet to listen to its radiant finale here--played as though there wasn't a cloud in the sky--you'd never credit such a desperate provenance. In these new recordings, Brendel's lifelong pursuit of an orchestral richness of tone is beautifully vindicated: the woodwind colors Charles Mackerras extracts from his players find their perfect pianistic echo here. And when, in the second movement of K. 482, the strings come across in funereal darkness, Brendel has an appropriate answer for that, too. Pellucid without a trace of preciousness, these performances are in every respect flawless, and Brendel's own cadenzas manage to tickle the ear without disrupting the nobility of Mozart's dialogue. --Michael Church


Product Details

  • Performer: Alfred Brendel
  • Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (May 1, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Philips Import
  • ASIN: B00005IB5W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bmaryano on December 8, 2005
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This CD blew me away! It contains two outstanding performances delivered with exquisite artistry. The sonics are spectacular --very detailed and airy, with great balance (intense!). The engineering is outstanding. (I did not expect to get such audiophile quality.) This CD has, in a word, "dimensionality".

I have always loved No. 22 and Brendel has delivered a magnificent rendition of it. The first movement is stately and the second movement ... well, simply to die for. His work is nicely integrated into the orchestra, which is also superb. Brendel brought some novel nuances to this piece, and I could relate immediately to his presentation of the cadenzas. (Sometimes, when you are used to a certain way, it is difficult to accept a new one; not so here.) Notably, I gained a new appreciation for No. 27 because of the way it is presented here. I was particularly impressed with the first movement ... totally. The vivaciousness and playfulness of the third movement come across nicely. There is great virtuosity in the playing and the interpretation of both concertos. Brendel performs here with elegance, power, and subtlety, in proper proportions, as well as with keen insight.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAME on November 24, 2001
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Brendel's latest travesal of Mozart's 22nd and 27th Piano Concertos is a dynamic, invigorating set of performances. Brendel's playing is simply sublime, replete with elegance and warmth. Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra provide ample support, with Mackerras drawing out the right orchestral textures to accompany Brendel's exquisite performances. Brendel's playing seems a bit more refined than his earlier traversal with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields ensemble; I honestly wonder whether Brendel is at work at yet another series of recordings of virtually all of Mozart's piano concertos. Hopefully, that is indeed the case.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Adrian on December 14, 2010
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The Austrian piano legend Alfred Brendel has established himself for a long time as an accomplished interpreter of the Classical Viennese repertory. During his fabulous performing career (spanning more than 60 years), both in live appearances at top-notch international musical venues and in recording sessions (for Philips-Decca labels whose exclusive artist he's been since 1970s), Brendel was constantly returning to his favourite Mozart piano concertos with an always renewed inspiration and robust musical wisdom.

After having recorded in his early forties the complete works for piano and orchestra by Mozart (under Sir Neville Marriner leading the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields) - a version that actually made date by setting very high standards in the XXth century performing style - Alfred Brendel, this time in his late sixties, considered that a proper time had arrived to embark for a new Mozartean concertante account. So, he teamed up the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and his old friend Sir Charles Mackerras to release a new series of 8 Mozart concertos in four CDs recorded between 1998 and 2002. Of course, technical conditions of making recordings have significantly improved meanwhile, so his option could have been regarded as having outer motivations: strictly technical ones. But the real reason of this late approach seems to stem in the fact that Brendel's mellow artistry calls for a fresh look on these everlasting masterpieces, for their re-thinking in terms of an exquisite mature artistry after decades of playing them and meditating on their truths. That long-life musical experience copiously entitled him for such a proceeding and settled the stage for a wonderful achievement.
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