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

'Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 11, 12 & 13' (CDH55333)
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 11, 12 & 13
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'Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 12, 13 & 14' (CKD424)
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Movement 3: Rondeau: Allegro
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Piano Concerto No 13 in C major, K415
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

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Details for CKD424 track 4
Recording date
16 May 2012
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Philip Hobbs
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs & Robert Cammidge
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  1. Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 12, 13 & 14 (CKD424)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: May 2013
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