Mozart Piano Concertos
1st – 7th of July
The genre of the piano concerto always held a special importance to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The composer would often take the role of both conductor and soloist during his Viennese concerts! His 23 concertos have been neglected for a long time but are generally seen as among the composer’s greatest achievements. During the first week of July, Stingray Classica presents no less than eight renditions by legendary pianists such as Christian Zacharias, Mitsuko Uchida, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Dezső Ránki!
Monday, July 1 | Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 5
Malcolm Frager performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 5, K 175, a work of contrapuntal writing, a style that Mozart perfected under Padre Martini's tutelage. Discover the Orchestra della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera and conducted by Marc Andreae, at the Teatro Bibiena in Mantua.
Tuesday, July 2 | Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 6
Christian Zacharias performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 6, K 238, accompanied by the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart under the direction of Gianluigi Gelmetti. This concert was recorded at Schwetzingen palace, where the Mannheim elector’s court would spend their summers.
Wednesday, July 3 | Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 8
Not only was Mozart unlucky in love in Mannheim, but he also failed to achieve his ambition of becoming a court composer. The young lady Antonia Lützow, for whom he wrote his Piano Concerto No. 8, was not a very accomplished performer, but in all its simplicity, this concerto is seldom short of sublime. In this episode, soloist Christian Zacharias performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 8, K 246, accompanied by the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart and conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti. The concert took place in Schwetzingen palace, where the Mannheim Elector’s court spent their summers.
Thursday, July 4 | Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 9
In a Salzburg Festival performance, the Mozarteum Orchestra and pianist Mitsuko Uchida, under the baton of Jeffrey Tate, play Piano Concerto No. 9, K 271. This piece was nicknamed “Jeunehomme” but was composed for Victoire Jeramy, the daughter of Mozart’s friend, dancer and choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre.
Friday, July 5 | Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 12
Vladimir Ashkenazy performs as a soloist and conductor in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12, K 414. He is accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hampton Court Palace, London.
Saturday, July 6 | Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 17
This performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17, K 453 was recorded at the Imperial Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna and features soloist Dezsö Ránki and the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by JeffreyTate.
Sunday, July 7 | Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 20
Under the baton of Jiri Belohlávek, soloist Ivan Klánský is accompanied by the Prague Chamber Orchestra during his performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, K 466 at the Waldstein palace in Prague.
Sunday, July 7 | Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 24
With sublimely beautiful music that supports, intensifies, and enhances the drama every step of the way, the Piano Concerto No. 24, K 491 is solid drama from start to finish, with a minor harmonic structure reminiscent of Don Giovanni. In this performance, recorded at Schönbrunn palace in Vienna, Andre Previn is the soloist and conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.