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MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 11 and 12 (chamber version) / String Quartet No. 4 (Fialkowska, Chamber Players of Canada)

MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 11 and 12 (chamber version) / String Quartet No. 4 (Fialkowska, Chamber Players of Canada)

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release date: January 2012


Chamber Players of Canada


Janina Fialkowska


Chamber Players of Canada

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Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 62:49
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MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 11 and 12 (chamber version) / String Quartet No. 4 (Fialkowska, Chamber Players of Canada)

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Piano Concerto No. 11 in F major, K. 413 (version for piano and string quartet)

1 I. Allegro 9:24
 Janina Fialkowska Soloist
2 II. Larghetto 8:24
 Janina Fialkowska Soloist
3 III. Tempo di minuetto 5:29
 Janina Fialkowska Soloist

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414 (version for piano and string quartet)

4 I. Allegro 10:13
 Janina Fialkowska Soloist
5 II. Andante 9:11
 Janina Fialkowska Soloist
6 III. Allegretto 6:31
 Janina Fialkowska Soloist

String Quartet No. 4 in C major, K. 157

7 I. Allegro 5:38
  Chamber Players of Canada Ensemble
8 II. Andante 6:04
  Chamber Players of Canada Ensemble
9 III. Presto 1:55
  Chamber Players of Canada Ensemble

A one-time protégé of Arthur Rubinstein, pianist Janina Fialkowska’s artistry is all the more astonishing considering her return to the concert stage in 2004 following the removal of an aggressive tumour in her left arm. For this recording, she joins the Chamber Players of Canada to perform arrangements of Mozart’s piano concertos K. 413 – 415 for piano and string quintet. Her 2004 recording of Chopin piano concertos with the Chamber Players was greeted with unanimous praise, and her recent performance of the Mozart concertos prompted The Toronto Star’s music critic John Terauds to declare, "Fialkowska and her partners lent the evening intimacy … they breathed into the music a lithe vibrancy that can often elude the big orchestra … Reducing the players to six … highlighted every effect that Mozart had penned into the score. These performers are scheduled to sit down and record these concertos soon. If the concert is any indication, this will be a Mozart disc to treasure.”

“Janina Fialkowska and the string ensemble achieve an almost perfect consensus in their playing…As always, the playing is of the highest quality.”       ****½

Richard Todd - The Ottawa Citizen - 1 November 2007

                  Performance ****      Sound ****

"The Chamber Players of Canada make light work of music Mozart described as falling ’pleasingly on the ear’ while retaining something for the connoisseur.
The pianist is prizewinner of the first ever Artur Rubinstein Competition, Janina Fialkowska, who displays something of Rubinstein’s innate twinkling elegance in readings that highlight the chamber qualities of Mozart’s scores. She finds lambent soulfulness in the Andante of K414 - a concerto stamped with vintage A major Mozart - and the buoyant, incisive strings make it easier to achieve the light-on-its-toes perkiness of K413’s minuet-flavoured Finale. Mozart’s woodwind can never lightly be excluded, so characteristic are they; but turn a blind ear: the Chamber Players of Canada won’t disappoint you!"

Paul Riley - BBC Music Magazine - March 2008

           ’Opus d’or’

Jean-Jacques Millo  - Opus HD Magazine - March 2008

"...Janina Fialkowska is a fine Mozartian in these recordings of Concertos No. 11 and 12 in the composer’s chamber arrangements (with double bass added for strength). She finds the crossroads of simplicity and lyricism; the style is neither naiVe nor arch. But neither is it middle-of-the-road! Violinist Jonathan Crow leads a spirited and idiomatic ensemble (the start of No. 12 could be taken for a string quintet) and the filler, the early Quartet K. 157 in C Major, is warm (this time with no double-bass ringer). Again, the direct expression of all four string players preserves the performance from the anonymity of "Mozart" style. ****

Arthur Kaptainis - The Gazette - 1 November 2007


Claude Gingras - La Presse - 9 March 2008

"In March, pianist Janina Fialkowska and her favourite chamber-music collaborators came to the Glenn Gould Studio to seduce us with two Mozart piano concertos that the composer had reduced to salon-size forces. This disc, recorded shortly afterward, captures the same magic of impeccable musicianship and transparent phrasing."    ****

John Terauds - The Toronto Star - 16 October 2007

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