Mozart Piano Concertos K. 271 & 456 Kristian Bezuidenhout & Freiburger Barockorchester
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791): Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-Flat Major, K. 271 "Jeunehomme":
- 1Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-Flat Major, K. 271 "Jeunehomme": I. Allegro10:33
- 2Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-Flat Major, K. 271 "Jeunehomme": II. Andantino11:28
- 3Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-Flat Major, K. 271 "Jeunehomme": III. Rondeau. Presto10:52
- Piano Concerto No. 18 In B-Flat Major, K. 456:
- 4Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 18 In B-Flat Major, K. 456: I. Allegro vivace12:04
- 5Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 18 In B-Flat Major, K. 456: II. Andante un poco sostenuto09:46
- 6Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 18 In B-Flat Major, K. 456: III. Allegro vivace08:23
Info for Mozart Piano Concertos K. 271 & 456
Two women are at the origin of the concertos that Kristian Bezuidenhout proposes to hear here. The "Jeunehomme", a musical vessel of rather unexpected audacity, is named after the virtuoso Louise Victoire Jenamy, daughter of the dancer Noverre, an old friend of Mozart's to whom he dedicated the work. As for Concerto No. 18, formally wiser but oh so complex and bewitching, it was for Maria Theresia von Paradis, a blind pianist acclaimed throughout Europe, that Mozart composed it. Two works with very different characters, yet so complementary...
Kristian Bezuidenhout, piano
is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. Born in South Africa in 1979, he began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music, and now lives in London. After initial training as a pianist with Rebecca Penneys, he explored early keyboards, studying harpsichord with Arthur Haas, fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson, and continuo playing and performance practice with Paul O’Dette. Kristian first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize, and audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition.
Kristian is a regular guest with the world’s leading ensembles including the Freiburger Barockorchester, Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester; and has guest-directed (from the keyboard) the English Concert, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Tafelmusik, Collegium Vocale, Juilliard 415 and the Kammerakademie Potsdam, & Dunedin Consort (Bach St. Matthew Passion).
He has performed with celebrated artists including John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock, Giovanni Antonini, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Alina Ibragimova, Rachel Podger, Carolyn Sampson, Anne Sofie von Otter, Mark Padmore & Matthias Goerne.
Kristian's rich and award-winning discography on Harmonia Mundi includes the complete keyboard music of Mozart (Diapason d’Or de L’année, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, & Caecilia Prize); Mozart Violin Sonatas with Petra Müllejans; Mendelssohn and Mozart Piano Concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester (ECHO Klassik); Beethoven, & Mozart Lieder, and Schumann Dichterliebe with Mark Padmore (Edison Award). In 2013 he was nominated as Gramophone Magazine’s Artist of the Year. Recent releases include Volume 2 of Mozart Piano Concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester.
In the 2017/18 season, Kristian becomes an Artistic Director of the Freiburger Barockorchester and Principal Guest Conductor with the English Concert. He play-directs programmes with both orchestras and also with Camerata Salzburg, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Zürcher Kammerorchester . As a soloist he performs with Orchestre des Champs Elysees/Herreweghe, Les Violons du Roy/Cohen and Le Concert Olympique/Caeyers. Solo recitals and chamber music take him to London, Rome, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Munich, Cologne, Berlin, USA and Japan.