HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Eurodisc) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti 5,6,8,14 (Schmidt, Masur)

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for another 1st class pianist
The outstanding East German pianist Annerose Schmidt recorded all the Mozart Piano Concerti with Kurt Masur in the early seventies. I’ve spent the last several days immersed in Annerose Schmidt’s Mozart and I’ve come to adore her approach to this music. She is direct, bold, virtuosic – if you like Geza Anda’s 1960’s Concerti you’ll like what Schmidt does here. This is Mozart playing with no mincing around, no pulling back, but still with something perhaps a bit feminine about them in a phrasing flexibility. What wonderful playing.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Annerose Schmidt
Orchestra: Dresden Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Kurt Masur
Vinyl (1975)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Eurodisc
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.56 GB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Teldec) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti No. 26 & 23 (Gulda, Harnoncourt)

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Please welcome, alongside with Anda, Brendel, Häbler…Mr. Gulda, in the club of the Giants-Mozart-Interpreters. Friedrich Gulda belonged to that lucky dinasty of this brilliant and talented austriac quartet pianists born between 1927 and 1935, together with Alfred Brendel, Georg Demus and Paul Badura Skoda.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Friedrich Gulda
Orchestra: Concertogebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Vinyl (1984)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Teldec
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 2.26 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Maria João Pires – Mozart: Les Sonates Pour Piano – Volume 7 (Japanese pressing)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Maria João Pires
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Denon Records | OX-7057-ND
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.57GB), 24-bit/96kHz (789MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (186MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – KV 219, KV 525, KV 546 (Musici/Michelucci)

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Many thanks to Lemarquis (or Mats?) for this gem

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Roberto Michelucci
Orchestra: I Musici
Vinyl (1973)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.13 GB
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Brendel, ASMF, Marriner – Mozart: Piano Concertos K. 450 & K. 467

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
# Conductor: Neville Marriner
# Performer: Alfred Brendel
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Philips | 6514 148
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.99GB), 24-bit/96kHz (0.99GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (259MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Piggybacking on Alf’s recent Brendel posts..

For those not familiar with Brendel, his mastery of the keyboard is at a level that few will ever be able to reach. Here, though back in 1982, Brendel has already “owned” the works, playing each Mozart work with fluidity, precision, and smooth sonority. Brendel’s playing is a delight, and that is true regardless of how many other recordings you might have of the Mozart piano concertos.

The recording here by Philips is very good, and the trademark smooth and rich Philips recording characteristics are in full play. It is unlikely you’ll have much, if any at all, issues with the technical aspects of the recording itself.

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (L’Oiseau Lyre) WAM – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Serenata Notturna, Notturno, K.286 (Hogwood)

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Many thanks to Lemarquis for this fine gem
All 3 pieces on this disc are well played and recorded. The warhorse K.545 sounds fresh and clean here – the Salomon Quartet sounds light footed and wonderfully transparent. There is plenty of juice here. Hogwood’s rendition of the Notturno For Four Orchestras, K.286, is stunning beautiful, and is hands down the best version I’ve heard on record. The wind parts are captured vividly and the dialogue between the four orchestras is extremely well done. Many recordings of K.286 have problems with dynamics and space, but here you get the sense of an ample soundstage, in which the more distant forces seem quite distant, while those more immediate are much closer. It’s a delicate balance, and Hogwood succeeds where others have failed…..

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra: The Academy Of Ancient Music
Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
Vinyl (1984)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: L’Oiseau Lyre
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 1.11 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) WAM – Piano Concerti 11 & 16 (Alfred Brendel/Neville Marriner)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for these additional concerts
The Brendel/Mozart recordings were highly esteemed at the time of their original release and have more or less been in circulation ever since. Although Brendel made new recordings of several of the concertos with Charles Mackerras, I haven’t heard them and don’t know if they’re preferable or merely supplemental to those in this package. Frankly, after having heard these marvellous performed recordings, I can hardly believe they are better in any way.

I think these words from Brendel himself will give listeners some insight into his approach to Mozart: …..

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Alfred Brendel
Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Vinyl (1986)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 873 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) WAM – 13 Piano Concerti on 8 LPs (Alfred Brendel/Neville Marriner)

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The Brendel/Mozart recordings were highly esteemed at the time of their original release and have more or less been in circulation ever since. Although Brendel made new recordings of several of the concertos with Charles Mackerras, I haven’t heard them and don’t know if they’re preferable or merely supplemental to those in this package. Frankly, after having heard these marvellous performed recordings, I can hardly believe they are better in any way.

I think these words from Brendel himself will give listeners some insight into his approach to Mozart: …..

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Alfred Brendel
Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Vinyl (1979)
Number of Discs: 8
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 7.87 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) WAM – Piano Concerti 14 and 24 – Geza Anda

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this treasure
Géza Anda’s interpretations of Mozart’s piano concertos are immortal classics that should not be overlooked. Granted, it is a crowded field, which include many excellent accounts (Perahia’s, for example). But these recordings – made in Salzburg – are fine examples of the rare moments in music making when a soloist and ensemble forms a coherent unit. Anda and his Salzburger team know Mozart by heart, and they perform these works with an unmatched dedication and sophistication. Technical brilliance is not the ultimate goal here; it is rather the music itself, how to let it flow with a balanced passion. This keeps the element of spontaneity, so crucial in Mozart’s music, alive and sparkling.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Geza Anda
Orchestra: Camerata Academica Of The Salzburg Mozarteum
Conductor: Geza Anda
Vinyl (1969)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 957 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Sir Neville Marriner & The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

front-small-boxsetLife President of the Academy, Sir Neville Marriner began his career as a violinist, playing first in a string quartet and trio, then in the London Symphony Orchestra. It was during this period that he founded the Academy, with the aim of forming a top-class chamber ensemble from London’s finest players. Beginning as a group of friends who gathered to rehearse in Sir Neville’s front room, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in 1958.

Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. :(

Composer: Antonin Dvorak, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Edvard Grieg, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Faure, Georg Friedrich Haendel, Johann Pachelbel, Leopold Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Luigi Boccherini, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Richard Wagner, Tommaso Albinoni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra: The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
Vinyl (1980)
Number of Discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.72 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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