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MOZART: The Piano Concertos
  Alan Murray, piano
 
 
Sundays, May 10 - June 28, at 3:00pm EDT 
 
Performed with pre-recorded Chamber Orchestra accompaniment.
 
  Commentary on the Composer's Life & Music with Kate Ashby, Associate Producer
 
 
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (last updated: May 29)
 
 (Recording Links for Concertos marked * are at the bottom of this page - click on entries showing (0:00))
 
 
Sunday, May 10
Conversation: Crown Jewels of the Classical Era
Piano Concertos Nos. 5*, 14* & 21* 
  
  
Sunday, May 17
Conversation: From Prodigy to Master
Piano Concertos Nos. 6*, 15* & 23*
 
  
Sunday, May 24 
Conversation: From Court Musician in Salzburg to Freelancer in Vienna
Piano Concertos Nos. 8*, 16* & 19*
 
  
Sunday, May 31
Conversation: The Influence of Operas & Symphonies
Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 17*
 
  
Sunday, June 7
Conversation: The Influence of Bach & Haydn
Piano Concertos Nos. 11, 12 & 13
 
  
Sunday, June 14
Conversation: The Cadenza: Spotlight on Improvisatory Genius
Piano Concertos Nos. 18, 20 & 22
 
  
Sunday, June 21
Conversation: Mozart's Concertos for Other Instruments
Piano Concertos Nos. 24 & 25
 
  
Sunday, June 28
Conversation: Mozart's Concertos in Retrospect & as Legacy / Q&A
Piano Concertos Nos. 26 ("Coronation") & 27
   
 * excludes Concertos #7 (for 3 pianos), #10 (for 2 pianos) and #1-4 (transcriptions of other composers' works)
 

 

YouTube RECORDING LINKS (click on any entries below showing (0:00))
 

The present Mozart Piano Concerto cycle incepted with the March 8, 2020 performance debut of the Westchester Chamber Soloists (WCS), a newly formed and mostly professional not-for-profit chamber orchestra based in Westchester County, New York, for which Mr. Murray is founder and executive and artistic director. Owing to the ongoing pandemic, and as with nearly all performing arts organizations worldwide, the remainder of the WCS' 2020 season programs have been postponed indefinitely. The present live performance recordings are therefore being offered as a courtesy to the listening public in lieu of the chamber orchestra's planned initial season concerts, and in solidarity with other arts organizations, musicians and other performing artists whose careers and livelihoods have been disrupted. For additional information on the Westchester Chamber Soloists and for the live video links to its debut performance (including Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 19), please visit the 'Concerto Performances' tab on this site, and/or visit www.WestchesterChamberSoloists.com

 

(the following live performance recordings have been made with pre-recorded orchestra accompaniment*, courtesy.of.the.English.Chamber.Orchestra and SONY.ClassicalSX12K.46.441; program notes based on liner notes written by M. Vignal (trans. by R. Cushman)

  

(Note: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4, are transcriptions of others' works, not original compositions by Mozart, and are therefore not included in this series.)


Piano Concerto No. 5 in D major, K. 175

. i) Allegro (8:15)

. ii) Andante ma un poco adagio (8:10)

. iii) Rondo: Allegro (5:11)

 

Piano Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, K. 238 

. i) Allegro aperto (7:41)

. ii) Andante, un poco adagio (6:10)

. iii) Allegro (7:57)

 

(Note: Piano Concerto No. 7 is for 3 pianos and orchestra,

    and is therefore not included in this series.)

 

Piano Concerto No. 8 in C major, K. 246 

. i) Allegro aperto (7:15)

. ii) Andante (7:17)

. iii) Tempo di minuetto (6:58)

 

Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat major, K. 449 

. i) Allegro vivace (8:39)

. ii) Andantino (6:57)

. iii) Allegro ma non troppo (6:05)

 

Piano Concerto No. 15 in B-flat major, K. 450 

. i) Allegro (11:11)

. ii) Andante (5:43)

. iii) Allegro (7:49)

 

Piano Concerto No. 16 in D major, K. 451

. i) Allegro assai (10:43)

. ii) Andante (7:23)

. iii) Allegro di molto (6:37)

 

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453 

. i) Allegro (11:27)

. ii) Andante (10:37)

. iii) Allegretto - Finale: Presto (7:46)

  

Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K. 459 

. i) Allegro (12:47)

. ii) Allegretto (7:21)

. iii) Allegro assai (7:45)

 

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467

. i) Allegro maestoso (13:58)

. ii) Andante (6:55)

. iii) Allegro vivace assai (6:32)

 

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488

. i) Allegro (11:35)

. ii) Adagio (7:25)

. iii) Allegro assai (8:13)

 

(* contains copyrighted material: not available for commercial use)

 

Cadenzas: (M = Mozart)

  No. 5:  i & ii) M ; iii) M..Perahia.(MP)  //  No. 6:  i, ii & iii) L..Kraus (LK)

  No. 8:  i, ii & iii) M  //  No. 14:  i) M ; iii) LK  //  No. 15:  i & iii) M  //  No. 16:  i & iii) M

  No. 17:  i & ii) M  //  No. 19:  i & iii) M  //  No. 21:  i) LK, MP / iii) R. Serkin (via MP rec)

  No. 23:  i) M

 

Steinway D piano: Brazilian Rosewood Victorian (1887) (Nos. 5, 8, 14, 16, 21)

      Hamburg Steinway (No. 19) 

   Steinway B piano: African 'flame'-Mahogany (1910) (Nos. 6, 15, 17, 23)

Special Thanks to Mihai Cuibus, Expert Piano Tuner & Technician