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Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 20 in D minor & No. 27 in B flat major ()

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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... Hide synopsis

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