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Mozart arranged by Hummel: 7 Piano Concertos & Symphony No. 40

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Catalogue numberBIS-9043 CD
Release date2013-04-10
Discs4
Total time254:48

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Today, with authenticity a crucial concern in musical performance, the idea of arranging piano concertos by Mozart for chamber forces seems almost bizarre. But in the 1830s, when the publisher Schott commissioned Johann Nepomuk Hummel to produce these versions of seven of Mozart’s most popular concertos for piano, flute, violin and cello, it was a common practice aimed at facilitating performances of orchestral works in domestic settings. And few could have brought such insights to the procedure as Hummel, one of the earliest protagonists on the stage of the virtuoso era, but also regarded by his contemporaries as the last legitimate representative of the ‘classical’ style. As a young boy Hummel had lived and studied in Mozart’s household for two years, which had given him the opportunity to follow the composition of the Concertos in C minor, K491, and C major, K503, at close quarters. His arrangements may be described as the result of a virtuoso’s approach to the works of a revered teacher, with a piano part which combines the orchestral parts, the solo line and Hummel’s own added ornamentations and decorative alterations, whilst the other instruments accompany or reinforce the piano writing. Fumiko Shiraga’s performances were originally released on single discs between 2003 and 2006, to critical acclaim, including a Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’ and a ‘CD des Doppelmonats’ in Piano News: ‘This is how Mozart must sound, exactly like this…’ Gathered here in an attractively priced box set, they now provide a wider audience with the opportunity of catching a glimpse of how Mozart’s music was perceived and handed down during the decades after his death.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
  Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, KV 466 31:34
01 I. Allegro 14:02 $ 2.11 USD
02 II. Romanza 09:29 $ 1.42 USD
03 III. Allegro assai 08:03 $ 1.21 USD
 
  Piano Concerto No.25 in C major, KV 503 32:56
04 I. Allegro maestoso 15:32 $ 2.33 USD
05 II. Andante 08:01 $ 1.20 USD
06 III. Allegretto 09:23 $ 1.41 USD
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
  Piano Concerto No.10 in E flat major, KV 365 25:48
01 I. Allegro 09:12 $ 1.38 USD
02 I. Andante 07:29 $ 1.12 USD
03 III. Allegro giocoso 09:07 $ 1.37 USD
 
  Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, KV 491 30:57
04 I. Allegro 14:34 $ 2.19 USD
05 II. Larghetto 07:31 $ 1.13 USD
06 III. Allegretto 08:52 $ 1.33 USD
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
  Piano Concerto No.26 in D major, KV 537, Coronation concerto 29:13
01 I. Allegro brillante 12:55 $ 1.94 USD
02 II. Romanza 06:23 $ 0.96 USD
03 III. Rondo 09:55 $ 1.49 USD
 
  Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat major, KV 482 38:16
04 I. Allegro 15:14 $ 2.29 USD
05 II. Andante con moto 10:23 $ 1.56 USD
06 III. Rondo 12:39 $ 1.90 USD
 
 
Disc 4
 
  Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
  Piano Concerto No.18 in B flat major, KV456 32:25
01 I. Allegro vivace 13:30 $ 2.03 USD
02 II. Andante un poco sostenuto 09:48 $ 1.47 USD
03 III. Allegro vivace 09:07 $ 1.37 USD
 
  Symphony No.40 in G minor, KV550 28:06
04 I. Molto allegro 07:25 $ 1.11 USD
05 II. Andante 10:31 $ 1.58 USD
06 III. Menuetto. Allegretto 03:30 $ 0.53 USD
07 IV. Allegro assai 06:40 $ 1.00 USD
 
  Album total 254:48
ComposerMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
PianoShiraga, Fumiko
FluteWiese, Henrik
ViolinClemente, Peter
CelloBényi, Tibor

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