Mozart Piano Concertos, K.453 and K.491

Available on CD and digital download

St Louis Symphony Orchestra

Orli Shaham piano

David Robertson conductor


Out August 23rd, 2019

Orli Shaham revels in the theatrical richness and breath taking invention of Mozart's Piano Concertos joining forces with David Robertson and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for this studio recording of No.17 in G Major, K.453 and No. 24 in C minor, K.491.


The underlying inspiration for Orli Shaham's recording of Mozart concertos is her passion to record music that has spoken to her, and driven her, again and again throughout her career. She has chosen to recorded these 2 concertos as standout as emblems of the extraordinary theatricality of Mozart's mature concertos, also highlighting the spirit of dialogue between soloist and orchestra. Each concerto concludes with a final movement cast in variation form, the only 2 examples in Mozart's piano concertos.


"The hope is to be able to highlight some aspect of the work that hasn't been illuminated in that way before," the pianist comments. "The works are so rich and there are so many things you could bring out, there's no way you could bring them all out in a single performance." The original score of K.491 requires the soloist to decipher the composer's intentions and make choices about which notes or even passages to play. "The manuscript shows several iterations that he tried," explains Orli Shaham. "Sometimes it's a leading tone this way, and sometimes it's a leading tone going the other way. Sometimes he crosses it out. It's the only concerto I know where you sometimes will get four lines of what the piano is supposed to be playing."

Embracing the light and dark of Mozart’s Piano Concertos, ...enchants with tempos that mould appreciably this expressive music, giving it time and richness of sound (superbly recorded…). Orli Shaham (sister of Gil) and David Robertson are at-one interpretatively... and the SLS members are stylish and sympathetic confreres.

 
The opening of K453, while poised, is also infectious in its spirit, delightfully detailed… K491… the orchestral introduction finds emotional urgency, Shaham speaks of isolation in her initial appearance; thus an admirable tension is produced, theatre and Innigkeit intertwined, the aural equivalent of a page-turner. The first-movement cadenza is by Saint-Saëns…in the booklet, you will find there an extensive three-way conversation between pianist, conductor and Elaine Sisman – the latter a “bona fide academic authority on Mozart’s music ... [and who] thinks Mozart is really cool...”. He is when performed like this.
 

 

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