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CHAN 20246 (Chandos Records, CD)
FIRST RELEASE (6 October 2023)
Playing time: 75'26"
Booklet pages: 44
℗ 2023 Chandos Records Ltd
© 2023 Chandos Records Ltd
Main country of recording: United Kingdom
Reviewer: Gerald Fenech
Review of Mozart: Piano Concertos etc, Vol 8 - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet published on 17 September 2023
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano (tracks 4-9)
Caroline Pether, leader
Gábor Takács-Nagy, conductor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791):
1 Overture to 'Così fan tutte', K 588 (1789-90)
2 Overture to ‘Die Zauberflöte’, K 620 (1791)
3 Overture to 'La clemenza di Tito’, K 621 (1791)
Concerto (No 26), K 537 ‘Coronation’ (1788) in D major for Piano and Orchestra (with cadenza by Paul Badura-Skoda)
4 Allergo - Cadenza - [Tempo 1]
5 [Romance.] Larghetto
Concerto (No 27), K 595 (1790-91) in B flat major for Piano and Orchestra (with cadenza by the composer)
7 Allegro – Cadenza – [Tempo I]
9 Allegro – Cadenza – [Tempo I]
Volume 8 of Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's survey of Mozart's piano concertos with Gábor Takács-Nagy and Manchester Camerata features two late concertos - Nos 26 and 27 - along with the overtures to Così fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) and La clemenza di Tito. Concerto No 26, the 'Coronation', was completed in 1788, first performed in Dresden, and then played at the coronation of Leopold II as Holy Roman Emperor, in Frankfurt, on 15 October 1790. As Mozart did not prepare the score for publication, large sections of the left hand were left blank in the manuscript score. It's not known who created the part for the first printed edition, although this has been widely accepted ever since. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has created his own version for this recording. Mozart first performed his final piano concerto, No 27, in Vienna on 4 March 1791, in his last public performance. The album was recorded in Manchester's Stoller Hall, Bavouzet playing a Yamaha CFX nine-foot concert grand piano.
Recorded 24-26 September 2022 in Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester, UK.