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Mozart: Piano Concertos 18 & 22 / Cooper

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major, K 482
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 18 in B flat major, K 456
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Notes & Reviews:

Acclaimed pianist Imogen Cooper has seen her highly regarded career blossom of late, due to her recordings of Schubert's late solo piano works and Mozart's Piano Concertos on Avie. Most recently, her Schubert series has been hailed by the international media, from National Public Radio and the BBC to Gramophone and the New York Times. This is her third release of Mozart concertos directing the Northern Sinfonia from the keyboard.

"Cooper's eloquent, musically intelligent playing was true to the bold profile of this work without sacrificing suppleness or grace."- Boston Globe

"Cooper once again reminds us of her own very individual, melodic style ... She clearly feels this music deeply and infectiously communicates that sense to the listener."- Gramophone Editor's Choice

Sunday Times
The latest in Imogen Cooper's series of Mozart concertos directed from the keyboard and recorded at the Sage, Gateshead, is perhaps the finest so far...As always, her passagework is exquisite - impeccably even yet full of life, never mechanical... The pianist and Northern Sinfonia are like one single, beautifully responsive entity.

BBC Music Magazine
Cooper is alert to every dimension, transcending technique in a synthesis of human emotion, psychological acumen and dramaturgical insight. Her sense of balance is unerring, be it in solo work or in conversation with the orchestra...Nothing is exaggerated, nothing inhibited...With Cooper you have the undiluted essence of Mozart through and through.

Gramophone Magazine
Clear but velvety tone, perfect voicing of chords, unsleeping alertness to the necessary subtleties of rubato and line, and above all an ability to realise this music's intimate poetry that can make you catch your breath, make these performances the kind that any musician should listen to and learn from.

Classic FM Magazine
As you would expect from this, the north-east of England's chamber orchestra, the playing lies somewhere between big-boned lean 'authentic'. The woodwind and brass playing is a delight, especially the high horn in the first movement of K482, the clarinets throughout K482, and a real dialogue between flute and bassoon in the latter's slow movement.

International Record Review
Perhaps the salient virtue of both performances is that they exemplify how 'period' instruments need not be employed in order to convey style consciousness...Most of all, [Cooper's] playing reminds us of the miracles both works encompass and why Mozart stands as the supreme master of the piano concerto

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hall One of The Sage Gateshead, England (11/09/2009-11/11/2009).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major, K 482
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Notes: Hall One of The Sage Gateshead, England (11/09/2009-11/11/2009)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 18 in B flat major, K 456
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Notes: Hall One of The Sage Gateshead, England (11/09/2009-11/11/2009)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1784