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Radu Lupu|Mozart : Concertos for 2 & 3 Pianos - Fantaisie pour orgue mécanique - Andante & Variations for Piano Four Hands [1991 Reissue + bonus]

Mozart : Concertos for 2 & 3 Pianos - Fantaisie pour orgue mécanique - Andante & Variations for Piano Four Hands [1991 Reissue + bonus]

Murray Perahia (piano & direction) - Radu Lupu (piano) - English Chamber Orchestra

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Originally released in 1991, this recording has been through several reissues that have tweaked both the sound and the contents. It's hard to blame Sony for recycling it, for the album was a winner from the start; it has been supplanted by historical-instrument recordings but remains state-of-the-art for performances using modern instruments. Combining tracks recorded in 1988 and 1990, this was originally the tail end of Murray Perahia's justly celebrated cycle of Mozart concertos. The central attraction is the Concerto for two pianos and orchestra in E flat major, K. 365, where Perahia, Radu Lupu, and the English Chamber Orchestra, all without benefit of a conductor, deliver a performance that's spacious, imposing, detailed, and spontaneous, all at the same time. All the musicians seem to operate as a single unit, with the drama provided by the orchestra in the opening material of the first movement answered by supple dual explorations from the two pianists. The program is filled out with rather unusual works, which has also added to the album's appeal down through the years. The Concerto for three pianos and orchestra in F major, K. 242, is presented in Mozart's own two-piano arrangement, which attests to the composer's fondness for this lightweight little piece. The Fantasia in F minor, K. 608, originally for an instrument known as a mechanical clock, mechanical organ, or flute-clock (it is a small machine with a clock on the front, above which miniature organ pipes would be automatically activated by the mechanism, an "authentic" performance would also include moving pastoral scenes on one panel, some of which could apparently get somewhat erotic). Mozart transcribed the work for two pianos, and Ferruccio Busoni later expanded this transcription in much the same way as he did the works of Bach, adding chromatic complications and late Romantic phrasing and pedal use. Perahia and Lupu take this yet another step, restoring material from the original that Busoni omitted. Finally is the rarely played Andante and Variations for four hands in G major, K. 501, which cleanses the palate after the sweet flavors of the Busoni. At a true budget price level, this may be the reissue of choice; at least one other version of the disc includes music by Brahms that breaks the carefully constructed mood of the program.
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Piano Concerto No. 10 in E-Flat Major, K. 365 / 316a (Various Composers)

1
I. Allegro
Murray Perahia
00:09:40

Andrew Kazdin, Producer - Radu Lupu, Piano - Radu Lupu, Performer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano - Murray Perahia, Performer -

(P) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

2
II. Andante
Murray Perahia
00:07:09

Andrew Kazdin, Producer - Radu Lupu, Piano - Radu Lupu, Performer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano - Murray Perahia, Performer -

(P) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

3
III. Rondo. Allegro
Murray Perahia
00:06:35

Andrew Kazdin, Producer - Radu Lupu, Piano - Radu Lupu, Performer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano - Murray Perahia, Performer -

(P) 1991 Sony Music Entertainment

Piano Concerto No. 7 in F Major, K. 242 "Lodron" (Version for 2 Pianos & Orchestra) (Various Composers)

4
I. Allegro
Murray Perahia
00:08:10

Andrew Kazdin, Producer - Radu Lupu, Piano - Radu Lupu, Performer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Composer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Arranger - Murray Perahia, Piano - Murray Perahia, Performer -

(P) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

5
II. Adagio
Murray Perahia
00:07:11

Andrew Kazdin, Producer - Radu Lupu, Piano - Radu Lupu, Performer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Composer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Arranger - Murray Perahia, Piano - Murray Perahia, Performer -

(P) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

6
III. Rondeau. Tempo di minuetto
Murray Perahia
00:05:15

Andrew Kazdin, Producer - Radu Lupu, Piano - Radu Lupu, Performer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Composer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Arranger - Murray Perahia, Piano - Murray Perahia, Performer -

(P) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Fantasy in F Minor, K. 608 (Arr. F. Busoni, M. Perahia & R. Lupu for Piano Duo) (Various Composers)

7
I. Allegro ritenuto
00:03:10

Andrew Kazdin, Producer - Radu Lupu, Piano - Radu Lupu, Arranger - Radu Lupu, Performer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano - Murray Perahia, Arranger - Murray Perahia, Performer - Ferruccio Busoni, Arranger -

(P) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

8
II. Andante
00:04:22

Andrew Kazdin, Producer - Radu Lupu, Piano - Radu Lupu, Arranger - Radu Lupu, Performer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano - Murray Perahia, Arranger - Murray Perahia, Performer - Ferruccio Busoni, Arranger -

(P) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

9
III. Allegro ritenuto
00:02:33

Andrew Kazdin, Producer - Radu Lupu, Piano - Radu Lupu, Arranger - Radu Lupu, Performer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano - Murray Perahia, Arranger - Murray Perahia, Performer - Ferruccio Busoni, Arranger -

(P) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

5 Variations in G major for Piano Duet, K. 501 (Various Composers)

10
Theme. Andante
00:01:11

Andrew Kazdin, Producer - Radu Lupu, Piano - Radu Lupu, Performer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano - Murray Perahia, Performer -

(P) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

11
Var. 1
00:01:05

Andrew Kazdin, Producer - Radu Lupu, Piano - Radu Lupu, Performer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano - Murray Perahia, Performer -

(P) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

12
Var. 2
00:01:03

Andrew Kazdin, Producer - Radu Lupu, Piano - Radu Lupu, Performer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano - Murray Perahia, Performer -

(P) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

13
Var. 3
00:01:00

Andrew Kazdin, Producer - Radu Lupu, Piano - Radu Lupu, Performer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano - Murray Perahia, Performer -

(P) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

14
Var. 4
00:01:23

Andrew Kazdin, Producer - Radu Lupu, Piano - Radu Lupu, Performer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano - Murray Perahia, Performer -

(P) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

15
Var. 5
00:02:05

Andrew Kazdin, Producer - Radu Lupu, Piano - Radu Lupu, Performer - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano - Murray Perahia, Performer -

(P) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

16
Thema. Chorale St. Antoni from Variations on a Theme by Haydn for Two Pianos, Op. 56b
Sir Georg Solti
00:02:26

Sir George Solti, Piano - Sir George Solti, Performer - Steven Epstein, Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano - Murray Perahia, Performer -

(P) 1988 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

17
Finale. Andante from Variations on a Theme by Haydn for Two Pianos, Op. 56b
Sir Georg Solti
00:04:17

Sir George Solti, Piano - Sir George Solti, Performer - Steven Epstein, Producer - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano - Murray Perahia, Performer -

(P) 1988 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Album Description

Originally released in 1991, this recording has been through several reissues that have tweaked both the sound and the contents. It's hard to blame Sony for recycling it, for the album was a winner from the start; it has been supplanted by historical-instrument recordings but remains state-of-the-art for performances using modern instruments. Combining tracks recorded in 1988 and 1990, this was originally the tail end of Murray Perahia's justly celebrated cycle of Mozart concertos. The central attraction is the Concerto for two pianos and orchestra in E flat major, K. 365, where Perahia, Radu Lupu, and the English Chamber Orchestra, all without benefit of a conductor, deliver a performance that's spacious, imposing, detailed, and spontaneous, all at the same time. All the musicians seem to operate as a single unit, with the drama provided by the orchestra in the opening material of the first movement answered by supple dual explorations from the two pianists. The program is filled out with rather unusual works, which has also added to the album's appeal down through the years. The Concerto for three pianos and orchestra in F major, K. 242, is presented in Mozart's own two-piano arrangement, which attests to the composer's fondness for this lightweight little piece. The Fantasia in F minor, K. 608, originally for an instrument known as a mechanical clock, mechanical organ, or flute-clock (it is a small machine with a clock on the front, above which miniature organ pipes would be automatically activated by the mechanism, an "authentic" performance would also include moving pastoral scenes on one panel, some of which could apparently get somewhat erotic). Mozart transcribed the work for two pianos, and Ferruccio Busoni later expanded this transcription in much the same way as he did the works of Bach, adding chromatic complications and late Romantic phrasing and pedal use. Perahia and Lupu take this yet another step, restoring material from the original that Busoni omitted. Finally is the rarely played Andante and Variations for four hands in G major, K. 501, which cleanses the palate after the sweet flavors of the Busoni. At a true budget price level, this may be the reissue of choice; at least one other version of the disc includes music by Brahms that breaks the carefully constructed mood of the program.
© TiVo

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