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Ronald Brautigam - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 27 (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

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Ronald Brautigam - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 27 (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ronald Brautigam, Die Kölner Akademie - Mozart: Piano Concertos 20 & 27 (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 53:34 minutes | 954 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

These two exceptional works are here performed by Ronald Brautigam and Die Kölner Akademie, on their fifth disc of Mozart’s concertos – an ongoing series which has been described as ‘a lucky break and a true delight’ in the German magazine Piano News.

The cycle of Mozart's concertos by fortepianist Ronald Brautigam and German period-instrument group Die Kölner Akademie has been a controversial one, with several highly unorthodox aspects to the approach. The brisk tempos in the slow movements here will give an idea. Brautigam and conductor Michael Alexander Willens strive for a spontaneous-seeming phrasing and dialogue between soloist and orchestra, emphasizing chunks phrase structure rather than the usual Mozartian melodic quality. If you don't like the style, you'll find the playing unmusical. This said, if you're interested in checking out the series, this release is a good place to start. There are several reasons for this. First, Brautigam and Willens get away from the melancholy, autumnal tone that is so often retrospectively applied to the Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K. 595. The concerto was composed in January 1791 at the latest, and perhaps several years earlier than that; in either case Mozart had no intention whatsoever of dying, and the sunny approach here results in a fresh appreciation of the music's construction. Second, the odd balances in some of the other recordings, seemingly minimizing the piano's role, have been smoothed out a bit. Finally, the conception of the Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, is genuinely original. In Willens' hands, the work is not proto-Beethoven but purely classical, with the syncopated material at the beginning distinguished sharply from the D minor theme in the upper strings. Again there's an element of stripping away the way the Romantics heard the work. It's still likely that you'll come down firmly in one camp or the other after hearing this, but there are signs that a more nuanced appreciation is becoming possible.

Tracklist:

01 - Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K 466 - I. Allegro
02 - Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K 466 - II. Romanze
03 - Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K 466 - III. Allegro assai
04 - Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat major, K 595 - I. Allegro
05 - Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat major, K 595 - II. Larghetto
06 - Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat major, K 595 - III. Rondo. Allegro

Recorded in July 2012 at the Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Germany.

Ronald Brautigam - fortepiano (by Paul McNulty 2011, after an instrument by Walter & Sohn, ca. 1802)
Die Kölner Akademie - conducted by Michael Alexander Willens.

Analyzed: Ronald Brautigam, Die Kolner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 27
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR15 -0.02 dB -21.61 dB 12:03 01-Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K 466 - I. Allegro
DR15 -1.68 dB -22.96 dB 7:19 02-Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K 466 - II. Romanze
DR16 -0.02 dB -21.11 dB 7:04 03-Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K 466 - III. Allegro assai
DR15 -2.62 dB -23.37 dB 13:00 04-Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat major, K 595 - I. Allegro
DR13 -7.10 dB -26.83 dB 5:22 05-Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat major, K 595 - II. Larghetto
DR15 -1.00 dB -22.96 dB 8:46 06-Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat major, K 595 - III. Rondo. Allegro
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Number of tracks: 6
Official DR value: DR15

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2330 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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