Mozart: Piano Concertos K. 453 & 482 / Kristian Bezuidenhout, piano; Petra Mullejans, Freiburger Barockorchester

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in A major, K 386
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major, K 482
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Mozart places melody at the very heart of his concertos. Introverted and sometimes uncertain at the start of K453, it is subsequently transmuted into birdsong - foreshadowing Papageno - and leads to a finale worthy of an opera buffa. Imbued with majesty in K482 (contemporary with Le nozze di Figaro), it takes on a tinge of bitterness in the work's slow movement, before returning to more joyful melodic motifs, one of which will recur in Così fan tutte. Never have opera and concerto been so close. Partnering with the Freiburger Barockorchester, acclaimed forte pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout brings out all of the singing lines and sparkling bravura of these two great concertos.

Sunday Times, November 2012
Bezuidenhout plays with his usual brilliance and subtlety and with inventive ornamentation. But the instrument's meagre tone, in comparison with the orchestra, is all too apparent...the Freiburg players' splendidly forceful, incisive tuttis only underline the disparity.

The London Times
Bezuidenhout is a prince of the fortepiano, making it sing in melodic phrases as no other practitioner of this intractable instrument has done in my experience.

The Guardian, November 2012
The irrepressible imagination and vitality of Bezuidenhout's playing, the range of colour and touch he obtains from his keyboard, and the way he uses it to throw new light on detail that give these performances their really distinctive flavour.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Kristian Bezuidenhout's career continues with recorded performances of Mozart concertos. Bezuidenhout and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra are ideal examples of the performers I have in mind. The articulation and phrasing is clean and poised and the music never sounds choppy or forced. Bezuidenhout, who's as accomplished on the modern piano as he is on fortepiano, brings a virtuoso's approach to timbre when he plays the older instrument. The orchestra is just as impressive. They improvise freely along with Bezuidenhout, and sometimes only solo players accompany him, to extraordinary effect. Every one of Mozart's piano concertos is a miracle; so is this release.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2013
Remarkably consistent in relation to the previous three volumes, regarding the fortepianist's superb technical acumen and musical intelligence, as well as interpretative affectations that seem more precious than stylish...however, Bezuidenhout's spirited style and authoritative fingerwork never operate at less than world-class standards.

International Record Review, December 2012
This is a bold, even uncompromising issue, and may not be one for the faint-hearted...Articulation is ultra-crisp, and forte often feels like sforzando...The net effect throughout is vivid, always interesting, sometimes exciting, occasionally prissy, even a little didactic: for all that, I have greatly enjoyed it.

International Piano, January/February 2013
I found this immediately thrilling; the extreme textural and dynamic variations give the music terrific bite ... his playing is always imaginative and constantly engaging.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2013
Bezuidenhout gives us characteristically thought-provoking performances of two of the great Mozart Concertos. Particularly felicitous is his use of solo orchestra strings for some of the music's most intimate moments...Altogether a rewarding disc and one that Bezuidenhout's many admirers will not want to be without.

Early Music Review, December 2012
Bezuidenhout [has] carved out [a] considerable reputation in this repertoire.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Freiburg (DE), Ensemblehaus (05/2012).



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453
  • Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano)
  • Conductor: Petra Müllejans
  • Ensemble: Freiburger Barockorchester
  • Running Time: 28 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1784

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in A major, K 386
  • Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano)
  • Conductor: Petra Müllejans
  • Ensemble: Freiburger Barockorchester
  • Notes: Composition written: 1782.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1782

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major, K 482
  • Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano)
  • Conductor: Petra Müllejans
  • Ensemble: Freiburger Barockorchester
  • Running Time: 34 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785