Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 And 24
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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 And 24

April 1, 1990

  Song Title Artist
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: I. Allegro Jeno Jando
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: II. Adagio Matyas Antal
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: III. Allegro assai Jeno Jando
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491: I. Allegro Matyas Antal
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491: II. Larghetto Matyas Antal
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491: III. Allegretto Matyas Antal

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  • Original Release Date: April 1, 1990
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 1990 Naxos
  • Total Length: 53:48
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Between 1784 and 1786, Mozart wrote 12 piano concertos, most of which he performed during subscription concerts he organized in Vienna. These concertos are among the greatest of his compositions. In them, Mozart achieved works of great variety with full, symphonic orchestral writing, and brilliant passages for the solo piano. The works effect both a diversity and a unity between the orchestra and the soloist that have never been excelled in writings in this form.
Among the greatest of Mozart's piano concertos are the concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488 and the Conerto No. 24 in c minor K. 491. These works were written within weeks of each other in March, 1786 and performed with Mozart at the keyboard during the Lenten season. They are performed on the CD under review here by the Concentus Hungaricus under the direction of Matyas Antal with Jeno Jando at the piano. This CD is part of a complete cycle of the 27 Mozart piano concertos on the budget-priced Naxos label.
Even though these concertos were written within the space of three weeks, they differ greatly from each other. The concerto in A major, is a lightly-scored work for strings, flute, clarinet, horns, and bassoons with a transparent texture and a lyrical, somewhat melancholy tone. The openings allegro opens with a singing theme in the strings and winds, followed by a more reflective secondary theme. The piano part essentially follows upon and embroiders the opening orchestral exposition with duets between the soloist and various woodwinds. The second movement, an adagio, is the heart of this concerto with a sad, plaintive theme stated in the treble of the piano over repeated chords, followed by orchestral development and, again, passages for winds and piano.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pathos and Passion December 30, 2004
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Mozart’s late Piano Concertos are perhaps the highest form that this particular form of music ever reached, and his Nos. 23 and 24 are both exemplary. No. 23 combines an extraordinarily pleasing Allegro first movement (with an original Mozart cadenza) with a moving and melancholy Adagio and a joyful Allegro assai conclusion in which virtuosity for virtuosity’s sake seems to be avoided and the music assumes symphonic proportions. The orchestral colours are determined by the woodwind, where Mozart has replaced the oboes with clarinets; he here does without trumpets and drums.

No. 24 starts with a magnificent theme that was later to inspire Beethoven and which develops throughout the Allegro first movement, crowned here with a cadenza by Johann Nepomuk Hummel (an original one by Mozart not being extant).

Professor Arnold Werner-Jensen has correctly described the whole concerto as being full of “pathos and passion”. Mozart uses a full-blown orchestra for the first time, including both clarinets and oboes, which are given characteristic passages in the Larghetto second movement. The concerto closes with a delightful set of variations and an original Mozart cadenza.

For some reason, the Concentus Hungaricus changed its conductor after the first three volumes of their Complete Mozart Piano Concertos edition with Hungarian pianist Jenö Jandó as soloist. The conductor of the first three volumes, Andras Ligeti, harvested great praise for his efforts, in particular for his Concertos Nos. 21 and 9 (Vol. 2 and 3 respectively), and Mátyás Antal, the new conductor, was faced with a considerable task in matching up to Ligeti’s performances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RECEIVED ON TIME May 31, 2010
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AMAZON.COM was the one and only site where I found this CD. It was received on time during my recent visit on vacations to the U:S.
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