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Arista International's "2020 Live-At-Home Concert Series"
MOZART: The Piano Concertos
  Alan Murray, piano
(Next-Part 2: Beethoven: The 5 Piano Concertos & Choral Fantasia, Aug 9 - Sep 20)
  

"PERSPECTIVES SERIES": host Kate Ashby (Mozart Series' Associate Producer) discusses Mozart's Piano Concertos with pianist Alan Murray:

._Conversation #1: CROWN JEWELS OF THE CLASSICAL ERA (duration: 8:37)

._Conversation #2: THE INFLUENCE OF BACH & HAYDN (duration: 12:22)

._Conversation #3: THE INFLUENCE OF MOZART'S OPERAS (duration: 13:49)

  

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 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 series is therefore offered as a courtesy to the listening public in lieu of the chamber orchestra's planned initial season concerts. For further information, visit: www.WestchesterChamberSoloists.com  (The following live performance recordings (other than No. 19) have been made with pre-recorded orchestra accompaniment; credits detailed below.*)


YouTube Video Links below (0:00) / Broadcast live May-July 2020

 

(Note: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 are transcriptions of others' works, not original compositions by Mozart (then age 11), 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 scored for 3 pianos and orchestra,

    and is therefore not included in this series.)

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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. 9 in E-flat major, K. 271

. i) Allegro (9:59)

. ii) Andantino (11:53)

. iii) Rondeau: Presto - Menuetto (cantabile) - Presto (9:38)

 

(Note: Piano Concerto No. 10 is scored for 2 pianos and orchestra,

    and is therefore not included in this series.)

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Piano Concerto No. 11 in F major, K. 413

. i) Allegro (8:57)

. ii) Larghetto (8:49)

. iii) Tempo di Menuetto (5:12)

 

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414

. i) Allegro (10:32)

. ii) Andante (8:23)

. iii) Allegretto (6:20)

 

Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K. 415

. i) Allegro (8:21)

. ii) Andante (8:07)

. iii) Allegro - adagio - allegro (8:17)

 

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)

 


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

 

CREDITS

 1) Orchestra Accompaniment:

         courtesy.of: Westchester Chamber Soloists (No. 19)

             and the.English.Chamber.Orchestra and

                SONY.ClassicalSX12K.46.441 (all others)

 

 2) Cadenzas: all are by Mozart, except for the following:

         No. 5 (iii) M..Perahia.(MP) //  No. 6 L..Kraus (LK)

         No. 20 L. van Beethoven // No. 21(i) LK, MP; (iii) R. Serkin

         Nos. 22, 24, 25, 26 LK 

 

  3)  Program Notes:

           based primarily on liner notes written by M. Vignal (trans. by R. Cushman)

  


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. 18 in B-flat major, K. 456 

. i) Allegro vivace (11:11)

. ii) Andante, un poco sostenuto (10:28)

. iii) Allegro vivace (7:23)

   

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

 (live in concert with the Westchester Chamber Soloists, 08-Mar-20)

. i) Allegro (12:47)

. ii) Allegretto (7:21)

. iii) Allegro assai (7:45)

 

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466

. i) Allegro (14:32)

. ii) Romanze (9:25)

. iii) Rondo: Allegro assai (7:59)

   

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. 22 in E-flat major, K. 482

. i) Allegro (13:27)

. ii) Andante (10:16)

. iii) Allegro - andantino cantabile - allegro (12:05)

   

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

. i) Allegro (11:35)

. ii) Adagio (7:25)

. iii) Allegro assai (8:13)

 

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491 

. i) Allegro (13:41)

. ii) Larghetto (8:27)

. iii) Allegretto (8:43)

 

Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503

. i) Allegro maestoso (15:17)

. ii) Andante (7:25)

. iii) Allegretto (8:47)

  
Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K. 537
  ("The Coronation") 

. i) Allegro (14:17)

. ii) Larghetto (7:08)

. iii) Allegretto (10:47)

 

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595

. i) Allegro (13:15)

. ii) Larghetto (8:07)

. iii) Allegro (8:53)

  

  

 

4) Instruments: 

        Steinway D pianos:

             Brazilian Rosewood Victorian (1887):

                   Nos. 5, 8, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25 & 27

             Hamburg Steinway (Sarah Lawrence College) No. 19

        Steinway B piano:

             African 'flame'-Mahogany (1910):

                   Nos. 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 23 & 26

 

  5) Special Thanks: to Mihai Cuibus, Expert Piano Tuner & Technician

 

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