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Bernstein Century - Bernstein Plays and Conducts Mozart

Audio Samples

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for 2 Pianos in E flat major, K 365 (316a)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for 3 Pianos in F major, K 242
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, K 478

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for 2 Pianos in E flat major, K 365 (316a)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for 3 Pianos in F major, K 242
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, K 478
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"A welcome reissue indeed! The LP of the concertos for two and three pianos has long been a favorite of mine, and the performance of the piano quartet is one to treasure...The recording is excellent, made in Avery Fisher Hall in 1970 and 1968. I would rank this disc well ahead of most of the current competition...All three performances on this generously filled disc are among the best available..." -McClain, ARG

Notes & Reviews:

It's been said that competitions are impossible to win with Mozart. Not because it's too simple (although the fire & flash-dependent audiences you run across might lead you to this conclusion), but because it's much too difficult. Combine a virtually naked texture where every mistake is a gaping eyesore with an adult's tendency to overanalyze music that speaks with the honesty of a child and basically you're headed for a musical straightjacket. Lucky for us, Leonard Bernstein--like Willy Wonka--was able to grow old without becoming old.

Our beloved wunderkind is in rare form, both as conductor and soloist, in this fabulous Sony release. The organic quality of his interpretation is reminiscent of the seamless dialectic in Fleischer's recordings with George Szell. For those of you familiar with the nimble digits of Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale: see if you can aurally identify who's who in the Concerto for Three Pianos. If you can't, this disc is a good place to start in your studies.



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for 2 Pianos in E flat major, K 365 (316a)
  • Performers: Arthur Gold (Piano); Robert Fizdale (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Notes: Composition written: 1779.
  • Running Time: 27 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1779
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for 3 Pianos in F major, K 242
  • Performers: Arthur Gold (Piano); Robert Fizdale (Piano); Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Notes: Composition written: 1776.
  • Running Time: 23 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1776

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, K 478
  • Performers: Raphael Hillyer (Viola); Claus Adam (Cello); Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Robert Mann (Violin)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1785