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The Island of Cythera (detail) by Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721)
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt / Photo © Ursula Edelmann – Artothek
Track(s) taken from CDH55333
Recording details: April 2003
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: January 2004
Total duration: 23 minutes 41 seconds

'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)

Piano Concerto No 12 in A major, K414
composer
1783; published in 1785

Allegro  [10'04]
Andante  [7'22]
Allegretto  [6'15]

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Gottlieb Wallisch (piano), Piatti Quartet
Introduction  EnglishDeutsch
The Concerto in A major, K414 impresses with its lyricism and rich melodic texture, especially in the first movement: the ritornello presents four different themes, the solo-piano elaborates with the addition of two more. Particularly the transitions between the individual parts are of expert design; a wonderful balance carries the musical progression without ever depending on dramatic effects. In the second movement, a solemn ‘andante’, Mozart emulates his great idol Johann Christian Bach, who had died the year before. As if paying a personal homage, he takes the first four bars of an overture that Bach had composed in 1763 for Baldassare Galuppi’s opera La Calamità dei Cuori and respectfully adapts them for his main theme. Mozart had originally envisioned the ‘Rondo’ in A major, K386 for the finale of this concerto, but this posthumously published piece had to give way to a more compact final movement. Its playful main theme exemplifies how Mozart was able to write catchy and easily understandable themes, as he had alluded to in his letter. Only the central part of the movement contains flickering moments of operatic drama, the rest is pure pleasure of the highest order.

from notes by Gottlieb Wallisch © 2013


Other albums featuring this work
'Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 12, 13 & 14' (CKD424)
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 12, 13 & 14
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