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MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 19 and 23 (Brautigam, Kolner Akademie, Willens)

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release date: March 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


Kolner Akademie

Willens, Michael Alexander

Michael Alexander Willens


Ronald Brautigam



Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 48:39
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MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 19 and 23 (Brautigam, Kolner Akademie, Willens)

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

1 I. Allegro 11:12
 Michael Alexander Willens Soloist
2 II. Allegretto 6:19
 Ronald Brautigam Soloist
3 III. Allegro assai 7:16
 Ronald Brautigam Soloist

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

4 I. Allegro 10:34
 Michael Alexander Willens Soloist
5 II. Adagio 5:33
 Michael Alexander Willens Soloist
6 III. Allegro assai 7:45
 Michael Alexander Willens Soloist
 Willens, Michael Alexander

In just two years, between 1784 and 1786, Mozart composed no less than twelve piano concertos – a staggering number. Often described as one of the most light-hearted and buoyant among these is the Concerto in F major K 459, sometimes called ‘the second Coronation Concerto’. The nickname comes from the fact that Mozart would later choose to perform it, along with the ‘Coronation Concerto’ in D major, during the festivities surrounding the coronation of Emperor Leopold II in Frankfurt-am-Main in 1790. Its companion work on this fourth album in Ronald Brautigam’s survey hails from the same period: begun in 1784, the Concerto in A major K 488 was completed in March 1786, at the same time as Mozart was putting the finishing touches to his opera Le nozze di Figaro. It is one of only three piano concertos in which Mozart uses clarinets in the orchestra, resulting in a very particular sound world, especially in the magical slow movement. Mozart clearly held the work in high regard, and described it as one of his most select compositions ‘which I keep just for myself and an élite circle of music lovers’, and later audiences have agreed with him. Ronald Brautigam has been described as ‘an absolutely instinctive Mozartian… with melodic playing of consummate beauty’ (International Record Review), and he is once again supported by the period orchestra Die Kölner Akademie conducted by Michael Alexander Willens in a partnership which more than one reviewer has termed ‘ideal’.

                     Performance ****        Recording ******

"... these are fine performances ..."

Misha Donat - BBC Music magazine - September 2013

 "... the recording quality is immaculate and the playing from both soloist and orchestra is first-rate..."

Nicholas Salwey - International Record Review - July/August 2013

                                 Interpretation ******      Sound  *****      Repertoire ******

Marco Frei - Piano News magazine - December 2013

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