Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 12, 13 and 14.
- The Chamber Music Versions.
Mozart composed some of his piano concertos when he succeeded in getting opportunities to entertain at either weddings or other events. The music was already formed in his brain; all he needed to do is to write it down.
While there may have been many more, 27 of Mozart’s piano concertos survive to this day. What’s interesting about this CD, is that three of the concertos have been adapted for performance by the pianist, as accompanied by a string quartet, rather than by an orchestra.
We hear the following:
- Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414
- Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K415
- Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat major, K449
Performed by Gottlieb Wallisch (piano), with the Piatti Quartet
In contrast to the orchestral version of these concertos, the chamber ensemble creates interesting effects with Mozart’s string writing, and this encourages strong interaction among the five musicians.
The Piatti Quartet is one of the UK’s leading young string quartets. They are winners of the St. Martins in the Fields Chamber Music Competition and two Hattori Foundation Awards.
The Quartet’s debut recording features pianist Gottlieb Wallisch in a stunning performance of the rarely-heard chamber orchestrations in ‘Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12, 13 & 14’.
In 2012 the Piatti Quartet (Charlotte Scott 1st violin, Michael Trainor 2nd violin, David Wigram viola, Jessie Ann Richardson cello) were chosen for the UK-wide ‘Future Classics Classical Tour’ designed to promote the ‘stars of tomorrow’.
Named a Steinway Artist in 2012, Gottlieb Wallisch is a competition prize-winner and a respected artist in the Viennese piano tradition.
Wallisch has performed with many leading orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales and has appeared at leading festivals and in major concert halls including the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, Musikhalle Hamburg and Singapore Arts Festival amongst others.
Here is the Robert Schumann piano concerto, Op. 54, as performed by Gottlieb Wallisch:
And next, here is Mr. Wallisch again, as a soloist in the Mozart D-minor piano concerto K. 466. Accompanied by orchestra, however, not by string quartet:
Tags: Piatti Quartet, Mozart, Gottlieb Wallisch, Piano concertos