W.A. Mozart: Piano Concertos Vol. 4

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1 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F major KV 459: Allegro 10:32 88/24 Album only
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3 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F major KV 459: Allegro assai 6:58 $2.49 Buy
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A stroke of genius
Two piano concertos in the space of just two months –
and in the midst of preparations for Don Giovanni, his
renunciation of popular trends towards a more individual
form of expression… The 28-year-old Mozart challenged
himself, and indeed, his Viennese audience, with ever
new ideas. Christian Zacharias takes on that challenge,
together with the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne, and
presents Vol. 4 of the complete recordings in absolutely
top form.
Drawing a line
Shortly before Christmas 1784 Mozart finished the F
major Concerto K459, which brought to an end a year in
which he had given the music world six of his "great"
piano concertos. The entire work is artfully orchestrated,
the movements chosen with great insight: first a bold
theme of march-like character, then a slow section with
flights into the expansive regions of the circle of fifths and
finally the furioso finale reminiscent of Haydn.
A flash of inspiration
The end of the year brought a change. While Mozart had
hitherto sent his father news of "brilliant" concerts –
"somewhere midway between too difficult and too simple
– easy on the ear", he now began making unusual
demands. The passion of his composing style and the
markedly tragic timbre of the work has understandably
been seen as anticipating Don Giovanni, a comparison
which went far beyond the shared home key. And now
listen to the clever cadenza which Christian Zacharias
has conjured up for this work.

A ray of hope
For ten years now, the pianist, chamber musician and
conductor Christian Zacharias has been working with
MDG, an exclusive partnership which at every level has
produced only the most outstanding recordings, as
impressively witnessed by a further Echo Award in 2008
and the title of "Artist of the Year" from the international
record critics.