Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Trios

Marc-Andre Hamelin - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonatas (2015) 2CD

Marc-André Hamelin - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonatas (2015) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 422 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 375 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68029 | Time: 02:34:32

Even though Marc-André Hamelin is world-renowned for his astonishing virtuosity and a massive repertoire of the most demanding piano works, including those of Scriabin, Godowsky, and Sorabji, he has startled many with his sudden turn toward the placid domain of Classical music. First came his critically acclaimed recordings of Franz Joseph Haydn's keyboard sonatas, which were surprise best-sellers for Hyperion, and here he offers a double-CD of the piano sonatas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with a handful of short pieces to round out the discs. Since Hamelin's fine reputation precedes him, suffice it to say that these are among the most meticulously played and wittily interpreted renditions of these pieces ever recorded. Even though Mozart's sonatas are tamer than the showpieces of pianistic derring-do normally associated with Hamelin, they are endlessly fascinating for their skillfully crafted details, subtle phrases, and elegant expressions. Since the issue isn't how Hamelin manages all the notes, but instead how he shapes them into such entertaining and moving performances, there is much food for thought in this album, and anyone who attentively follows his playing will find a deeper appreciation of Mozart. Highly recommended.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concertos 22 & 24 (2009)  Music

Posted by d'Avignon at April 6, 2013
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concertos 22 & 24 (2009)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concertos 22 & 24 (2009)
Classical/1st Viennese School | FLAC lossless | cuesheets+log | covers+booklet | 59m48s | 239mb
Label: Naïve | cat. no. V5184
Noriko Ogawa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonatas Nos. 10-12 (K 330-332) (2012)

Noriko Ogawa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonatas Nos. 10-12 (K 330-332) (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 258 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-1985 | Time: 01:16:00

While its unpretentious cover photo and small text don't proclaim it as an important recording, Noriko Ogawa's 2012 SACD of Mozart piano sonatas is the kind of sleeper album that quietly asserts its value and convinces purely through the beauty of the music. The three piano sonatas presented here also have that kind of unassuming quality. Mozart composed them as teaching pieces, suitable for players of modest skills, yet they have become extremely popular and rank among his best loved works. Ogawa plays them with a light touch that suits their simplicity, and her interpretations of K. 330, K. 331 (famous for its Rondo alla Turca), and K. 332 are transparent and almost naïve, but for the subtlety of attack, balanced phrasing, and shaded dynamics that reveal her artistry. BIS provides nearly ideal sound quality for Ogawa, offering clean reproduction and reasonably close microphone placement that make listening effortless.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 21 & 23 (CLASSICAL GOLD: CD 45/50) APE

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 21 & 23
Classical Gold: CD 45/50 | APEs | 201 Mb
Genre: Classical | ES, FF
Maria João Pires, Claudio Abbado - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 21 (1995) (Repost)

Maria João Pires, Claudio Abbado - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 21 (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) - 262 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 178 MB | Covers + Digital Booklet | 56:24
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 439941

This work is very hard to characterize emotionally, but it sighs and it sings enigmatically. Surprisingly, so many performances are very straightforward, never capturing these soulful, longing qualities that almost approach reverie at times. Not so this time. The interplay here is amazing, Pires' delicate approach is ideal for this music, and the conducting is elastic in that "Furtwanglerian" way. But don't get the impression this is bloated, Romantic Mozart…it's not. (Maybe Furtwangler wasn't the right name to evoke after all.
Maria João Pires, Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 14 & 26 (1993)

Maria João Pires, Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 14 & 26 (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) - 241 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 149 MB | Covers + Digital Booklet | 52:00
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 4375292

Maria-Joào Pires has recorded these concertos before, for Erato, and this experience shows in assured playing. In K449 I find the sound of the Vienna Philharmonic, recorded in Vienna's Musikverein, too big: the string section seems large and the hall over-reverberant. Furthermore, the piano sounds plummy, and even those who dislike the fortepiano may question its suitability. With these reservations, one can enjoy Pires's deft and sensitive performance, without strong individuality but offering consistent intelligence, and the brisk finale shows her and Abbado at their best. Even so, this is a romanticized slow movement; the gooey orchestral sound does not help, but the pianist is also partly responsible in a way that I have sometimes noted in her performances of Mozart's sonatas.
The Florestan Trio - Mozart: Piano Trios K254, K496 & K548 (2007)

The Florestan Trio - Mozart: Piano Trios K254, K496 & K548 (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log, scans) | 60:07 | 241 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67609

Here's a piece you don't often hear performed in concert: Mozart's Divertimento in B flat major, K. 254 (aka, his Piano Trio No. 1). While the other five works in the same form are performed frequently by virtue of their later date of composition, the early Trio No. 1 is not only rarely performed in concert, it's usually recorded only in context of all the other trios. And so it is here: Trio No. 1 leads off this 2007 Hyperion disc by England's Florestan Trio, and, naturally, it is followed by two later trios – No. 2 in G major, K. 496, and No. 5 in C major, K. 548.
Ronald Brautigam, Die Kolner Akademie - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 18 & 22 (2014)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 18 in B flat major & 22 in E flat major (2014)
Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano; Die Kölner Akademie; Michael Alexander Willens, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 263 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2044 | Time: 01:00:03

The sixth disc in this highly acclaimed series combine two works in which Mozart's powers as an orchestrator come to the fore. Concerto No. 18 in B flat major, K 456, is sometimes referred to as one of the composers military concertos on the basis of the march-like main theme of the first movement. But more striking is the variety of ways that Mozart employs the various groups of instruments: strings, wind instruments and, of course, the piano. This aspect certainly didn't pass unnoticed by a listener as initiated as Mozart's father Leopold: in a letter to his daughter Nannerl he described how his enjoyment of the orchestral interplay had brought tears to his eyes.
Dunedin Consort, John Butt - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem - Reconstruction of First Performance (2014)

Dunedin Consort, John Butt - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem - Reconstruction of First Performance (2014)
Joanne Lunn, soprano; Rowan Hellier, alto; Thomas Hobbs, tenor; Matthew Brook, bass

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included | Time: 01:01:39
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 449

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2014 Choral category winner! Purely on grounds of performance alone, this is one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years. John Butt brings to Mozart the microscopic care and musicological acumen that have made his Bach and Handel recordings so thought-provoking and satisfying.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Haydn Sinfonietta Wien - Concertos for 2 & 3 Pianos (2007) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & HiRes FLAC}

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Concertos for 2 & 3 Pianos
Haydn Sinfonietta Wien / Ronald Brautigam, Alexei Lubimov & Manfred Huss
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,13 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,04 GB | Full Artwork
Label/Cat#: BIS # BIS-SACD-1618 | Country/Year: Sweden 2007 | 5% Recovery Info
Genre: Classical | Style: Viennese School

"…In short, this CD is a delight from begin to end. It will make you want to see and hear the two pieces performed live because only then can one fully enjoy the virtuosic playfulness and beauty of the musical interchange between the two pianos in the Concerto in E flat major; not to mention the pure divertimento of the Concerto in F major, which is a recreational, uplifting and entertaining." ~musicweb-international