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Hélène Grimaud, Mojca Erdmann, Chamber Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Radoslaw Szulc: MOZART Piano Concertos 19 + 23 CD


This album marks two 'firsts' for Hélène Grimaud - her first live DG recording and her first ever Mozart concerto recording. The album is the culmination of a musical love affair that began two years ago when the French pianist played Bach with the Kammerorchester des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Chamber Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio). From the beginning, there was very special chemistry and musical understanding. In May this year, Hélène Grimaud returned to Munich to play Mozart with the orchestra led by her from the piano, in collaboration with the concert master Radoslaw Szulc. The pianist was so excited by the concerts that she was inspired to release this live recording. As well as the two concertos, the album includes the beautiful concert aria for orchestra, soprano, and piano 'Ch'io mi scordi di te', sung by Mojca Erdmann. Hélène has loved this aria since she first heard it as a child and for her, it represents what is most characteristic in Mozart's music: grace and tenderness. The aria was Mozart's declaration of love to the soprano Nancy Storace, his Susanna in the world premiere of "Le Nozze di Figaro". It was composed in 1786, the same year as the Piano Concerto No.23 which it joins here.


Piano Concerto no. 19 in F major K. 459
Piano Concerto no. 19 in F major K. 459
1. Allegro vivace 12:03
2. Allegretto 8:04
3. Allegro assai 7:57
Cadenzas: W. A. Mozart
“Ch’io mi scordi di te?” – “Non temer,
amato bene” K. 505 (Idamante)
Recitative and Rondo from a revision of the opera Idomeneo
4. Recitative: “Ch’io mi scordi di te?” 1:53
5. Rondo: “Non temer, amato bene” 3:16
6. Allegretto. “Alme belle, che vedete” 5:12
Piano Concerto no. 23 in A major K. 488
1. Allegro 10:48
2. Adagio 7:40
3. Allegro assai 7:56
Cadenzas: Ferruccio Busoni