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Beethoven * Mozart * Schubert: Beethoven Piano Concerto No 1

Magazine article Gramophone

Beethoven * Mozart * Schubert: Beethoven Piano Concerto No 1

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Beethoven * Mozart * Schubert [DVD]

Beethoven Piano Concerto No 1, Op 15 (a) Mozart Piano Concerto No 22, K482 (a) Schubert Symphony No 5, D485 Cappella Andrea Barca / Sir Andras Schiff (a) pf Video director Hella-Brit Giese C Major Entertainment (F) [DVD] 736508; (F) [BR] 736604 (109' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080i * DTS-HD MA5.1, DTS5.1 & PCM stereo * 0) Recorded live at the Great Hall of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation, January 24 & 25, 2015

This DVD preserves highlights of a pair of concerts featuring Andras Schiff during last year's Mozartwoche at the Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg. His accompanists are his own orchestra, Cappella Andrea Barca, of which Schiff says 'there is no room for egoism here'--despite naming the ensemble after himself. The piano is a Bechstein, although the booklet contains no further details. It's a less beefy sound than a Steinway, and this suits it to Schiff's take on late Mozart and early Beethoven.

The Beethoven he places firmly in the post-Mozartian lineage. This is not Beethoven the nascent revolutionary, angrily tearing up the keyboard, but Beethoven the classicist, learning from his Viennese-school elders and basing his outlook on Mozart's two late C major concertos, K467 and (especially) K503. …

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