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Piano Concerto No 11 in F major, K413

composer
1783; published in 1785

Susan Tomes (piano), The Gaudier Ensemble
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Recording details: April 2003
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: January 2004
Total duration: 21 minutes 30 seconds

Cover artwork: The Island of Cythera (detail) by Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721)
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt / Photo © Ursula Edelmann – Artothek
 
1
Allegro  [9'26]
2
Larghetto  [7'05]
3

Reviews

'Susan Tomes's playing has all the qualities for which Mozart himself was renowned: delicacy, agility, neatness, expressive eloquence. In close creative dialogue with the Gaudier Ensemble she brings limpid, subtly coloured tone to the lyrical melodies, makes Mozart's passagework dance and sparkle, and relishes opportunities for sly and witty timing. Crucially, too, in Mozart, she knows when to be simple. A delightful disc' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Chamber music at its best—unified, warm, intimate' (American Record Guide)

'These works have been recorded in chamber form before, but this time the result is lighter and more intimate than in previous versions, helped by a clear, dry recording acoustic. There are few recording pianists to match Susan Tomes for clarity of articulation, and here she leads sparkling performances. Speeds are relatively fast, with slow movements kept moving to bring out their soaring lyricism' (The Guardian)

'Light and air is everywhere; the transparency of the sound remains a constant delight … a sense of musicians bouncing their performances off each other … these are above all genial renditions. Mozart himself never aimed at plumbing depths—he told his father the concertos were 'very brilliant' and 'fell agreeably on the ear'—so Tomes's fingerwork, always light and precise, would appear to be made to measure … this disc offers major pleasures and refreshment' (The Times)