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Track(s) taken from CKD424
Recording details: May 2012
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs & Robert Cammidge
Release date: May 2013
Total duration: 25 minutes 11 seconds

'Here is a different take on Mozart by a quartet often playing wittily as well as exquisitely, and by a talented pianist' (Fanfare, USA)

'Gottlieb Wallisch's elegant piano playing and the subtle and refined touch given to the accompaniment by the Piatti Quartet certainly make a convincing case for these versions, and I suspect it's only really because we're so used to hearing them in the context of an orchestra that we might have any cause to rebel against them … your mind may turn its nose up at the thought of these concertos with a mere string quartet as backing, but once you get your hands on it and allow these fine performances start to infuse your soul, they will more than likely take over and convince your brain to stop griping and enjoy' (MusicWeb International) » More

'Gottlieb Wallisch und das Piatti Quartett präsentieren sehr überzeugende Interpretationen der Klavierkonzerte 12, 13 und 14, wobei insbesondere Wallisch sich als ein ebenso nuancierter wie virtuoser Pianist entpuppt der den jugendlichen Drive aber auch das bereits vorhandene Genie Mozarts sehr deutlich hörbar macht' (Pizzicato, Luxembourg)

Piano Concerto No 13 in C major, K415
composer
1783; published in 1785

Allegro  [10'31]
Andante  [6'51]
Rondeau: Allegro  [7'49]

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Susan Tomes (piano), The Gaudier Ensemble
Introduction  EnglishDeutsch
The Concerto in C major, K415 presents itself orchestral, grand and virtuoso. The orchestral opening of the first movement is coloured in a military tone with a broader scope than the previous concerto, the solo sections are sharply distinguished. Mozart gives the soloist plenty of room to show proof of his dexterity. Of remarkable appeal is the switching between major and minor in the vast second theme played by the piano. A brief theatrical effect is exercised by a recurring rocket-like unison rise, appearing four times in each final section.

Mozart contrasts the opulent opening movement with an unpretentious romance in F major in which almost endlessly floating cantilenas resound with class and calm. The spaciousness of the piano cadenza surprises the listener, Mozart’s improvisational gift seems to be overflowing and infinite. The finale of the concerto is formally unique and unconventional despite its logic and craftsmanship. Its innocent rondo theme is struggling to assert itself during the course of the movement, especially since two suddenly occurring C minor adagio sections have a silencing effect. Mozart had originally outlined the C minor theme for the slow movement of the concerto but opted for the lighter F major in its place. He saved the C minor inserts to create dramatic scene changes in the finale. After the last appearance of the rondo theme, the music seems to be running away, to scatter into the winds; the concerto ends in pianissimo, and nothing remains of the majestic opening C major celebration.

from notes by Gottlieb Wallisch 2013


Other albums featuring this work
'Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 11, 12 & 13' (CDH55333)
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 11, 12 & 13
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