About the album
Mozart conceived the 3 piano concerti KV 414, 413, and 415 in 1782, one year after he had settled in Vienna as a more or less free-lance musician. From onset, his idea was to get these works published; he obviously expected a positive response from the public, not only on the financial level but also as a composer and piano virtuoso. In order to enhance the attraction for his publication, he decided to write these concertos in such a way that they could be performed not only with full orchestra, but also with a reduced accompaniment of only string quartet. Clearly, Mozart did not consider this strategic starting point as an artistic limitation, but rather as a challenge: in fact, already the score without the wind parts should leave nothing to be desired. This resulted in a very careful and beautiful string writing, matching the solo part in the most effective and intimate way. The wind parts were then conceived to accentuate and “color” certain passages in the accompaniment with even more depth. For this recording, Sigiswald Kuijken replaces the cello with a double-bass as its role is purely that of a basso continuo. This is a new and exciting release in the discography of La Petite Bande.
11Piano Concerto No. 11 in F Major, K. 413/387a Allegro
12Piano Concerto No. 11 in F Major, K. 413/387a Larghetto
13Piano Concerto No. 11 in F Major, K. 413/387a Tempo di Minuetto
14Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415/387b Allegro
15Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415/387b Andante
16Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415/387b Rondeau. Allegro
17Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414/385p Allegro
18Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414/385p Andante
19Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414/385p Rondeau. Allegretto
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