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Mozart: Piano Concertos nos 15 & 20 / Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, piano; Stuttgart Radio SO. De Bavier

Audio Samples

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 15 in B flat major, K 450

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 15 in B flat major, K 450
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This live SWR recording from the 1956 Ludwigsburg Festival shows a Mozart style far removed from that presented today. These are full-blooded interpretations and show Michelangeli with a very strong forward drive. These two concertos were performed throughout his career, but this recording was made when he was 36 years old and at the peak of his powers.

MusicWeb International, 2nd August 2013
The young Michelangeli is in uncharacteristically ebullient form, his playing exuding a real joyful insouciance as he despatches the roulades with gay abandon...The orchestra may be second-rate but their enthusiasm is infectious and this live concert performance reveals a side to the 36-year-old Michelangeli which was gradually subsumed into that of the austere and gloomy maestro.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2013
Here is the 26-year-old in his prime, making his arrival in K466 by turns assured, warm, classical and utterly mesmerising...This supremely classy Mozart-playing.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2013
These concert recordings from the 1956 Ludwigsburg Festival show a supreme pianistic technician at the peak of his powers. More rewardingly and valuably still, they reveal a quality of the 36-year-old Michelangeli's artistry that in later years he tended to submerge: intensely forceful engagement with the works he played.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ludwigsburg Festival, Ludwigsburg, Germany (07/11/1956).



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466
  • Performer: Arturo Michelangeli (Piano)
  • Conductor: Antoine Bavier
  • Ensemble: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 30 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 15 in B flat major, K 450
  • Performer: Arturo Michelangeli (Piano)
  • Conductor: Antoine Bavier
  • Notes: Composition written: 1784.
  • Running Time: 23 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1784