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Mozart: Piano Concertos Vol 4 - nos 12 & 19 / Howard Shelley

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 12 in A major, K 414 (385p)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
These are clear and stylish readings. The playing of Shelley and the London Mozart Players is assured, relaxed and enjoyable, allowing the music to unfold naturally. Shelley demonstrates his fine judgement of tempo, and textures are well served; the recording gives quite a bold sound to his modern piano, but its overall immediacy and warmth aren't excessive and the balance is just right. Phrasing also deserves praise: Shelley and his expert team shape the music gracefully without falling into the slightly mannered delivery which can affect other artists in this repertory. Finally, cadenzas have the right balance of freedom and formality. Perhaps the two 'slow' movements here- - -the quotes are because that of K414 is an Andante and K459's is an Allegretto - are richer in style than will suit some tastes: they do not sound authentic in period-performance terms, but then this is another kind of performance and perfectly convincing. The recordings are of high quality.



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 12 in A major, K 414 (385p)
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: London Mozart Players
  • Notes: St. Jude's CHurch, London NW11 (04/29/1993-04/30/1993)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1782

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: London Mozart Players
  • Notes: St. Jude's CHurch, London NW11 (04/29/1993-04/30/1993)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1784