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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 19 & 23 / Helene Grimaud, piano

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, K 505
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This album marks two 'firsts' for Hélène Grimaud - her first live DG recording and her first ever Mozart concerto recording. The album is the culmination of a musical love affair, which began two years ago when the French pianist played Bach with the Kammerorchester des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Chamber Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio). From the beginning there was a very special chemistry and musical understanding. In May this year Hélène Grimaud returned to Munich to play Mozart with the orchestra led by her from the piano, in collaboration with the concert master Radoslaw Szulc. The pianist was so excited by the concerts that she was inspired to release this live recording.

Gramophone Magazine
[Erdmann] characterises her role with both tenderness and fervour. This track and the slow movement of K488 are worthy of full attention.

BBC Music Magazine
There is no question that the music emerges vibrantly energetic. But those listeners accustomed to thinking fine Mozart playing permits the subtle play of emotions across a poised surface will probably find that Grimaud runs roughshod over some delicious details... [the concert aria] is played and sung (by soprano Mojca Erdmann) with commendably considered eloquence.

International Record Review
[The orchestra] plays with exemplary precision and clarity, with especially remarkable virtuosity coming from the winds... Grimaud's playing is always fleet, alert and musical, but the recorded piano sound is often too bright... Erdmann projects the ardent sentiments of the text strongly

The Times
The performances are spontaneous and muscular, to a degree indeed that won't be to every taste. Busoni's cadenza duly pops up: I can see why it ruffled Abbado's feathers

Classic FM Magazine
Grimaud's playing is full of carefully graded subtleties: it's evident she has thought deeply about each gesture, yet the resulting performance sounds fresh and spontaneous... Erdmann has a lovely, supple, warm soprano but she could do with more steel in the voice for this dramatic music. The conductorless chamber orchestra is impressive. Grimaud takes great care to desentimentalise the music and make it, in her own words, 'weightless'



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1784
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, K 505
  • Performers: Mojca Erdmann (Soprano); Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786
  • Studio/Live: Live