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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 21 (arr. by I. Lachner)

Alon Goldstein, Fine Arts Quartet, Rachel Calin

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Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466 (arr. by I. Lachner for Piano, String Quartet and Double Bass)  
1
I. Allegro (cadenza by L. van Beethoven)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Ignaz Lachner; Alon Goldstein; Fine Arts Quartet; Rachel Calin
14:27
2
II. Romanze
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Ignaz Lachner; Alon Goldstein; Fine Arts Quartet; Rachel Calin
8:49
3
III. Rondo. Allegro assai (cadenza by A. Goldstein)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Ignaz Lachner; Alon Goldstein; Fine Arts Quartet; Rachel Calin
7:11
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467, "Elvira Madigan" (arr. by I. Lachner for Piano, String Quartet and Double Bass)  
4
I. Allegro maestoso (cadenza by A. Goldstein)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Ignaz Lachner; Alon Goldstein; Fine Arts Quartet; Rachel Calin
13:57
5
II. Andante
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Ignaz Lachner; Alon Goldstein; Fine Arts Quartet; Rachel Calin
6:43
6
III. Allegro vivace assai (cadenza by A. Goldstein)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Ignaz Lachner; Alon Goldstein; Fine Arts Quartet; Rachel Calin
6:38
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    57:45
"Whatever full-scale versions of these concertos you may have, these small-scale versions, well-performed, recorded and presented, would make very fine additions to a Mozart library."
- MusicWeb International

"Four Stars ... Mozart himself allowed chamber versions of his piano concertos ... Lachner adds double bass for extra heft. Finely shaded contributions from the strings underpin Goldstein’s fastidious advocacy."
- BBC Music Magazine

"CD of the Week ... (these chamber versions) are quite extraordinary, sounding as if Mozart had transcribed them himself. It makes for a fascinating listen, with the pared down arrangements packing a particular dramatic punch and exposing Mozart’s melodies which are delivered with great precision and clarity here by Goldstein."
- Classic FM

"Goldstein is by turns a bold and ineffably sensitive player ... his dynamics make every phrase shapely: he neither prettifies Mozart nor makes the music more aggressive than the notes warrant. He plays the first movement of No. 21 with a grand, inspiring sweep ... (the quartet’s) playing is stylish and invigorating and well worth hearing."
- Fanfare

Pianist Alon Goldstein is joined by American chamber music ensemble the Fine Arts Quartet and special guest Rachel Calin on double bass for the world premiere recordings of these chamber versions of two of Mozart’s greatest and most popular piano concertos. To make the two works more accessible to the public, 19th century composer Ignaz Lachner left the piano parts untouched and wrote splendid string quartet transcriptions of the orchestra parts with added bass. These arrangements sound almost as natural as if Mozart had transcribed them himself.
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96 kHz / 24-bit PCM mastered in 192 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 5.6448 MHz, 2.8224 MHz DSD

In order to achieve the most accurate reproduction of the original recording we tailor our process specifically for each project, using a selection from our pool of state-of-the-art audiophile components and connectors.The process begins with a transfer to analog from the original 24bits/96kHz resolution master, using cutting edge D/A converters. The analog signal is then sent through a hi-end tube pre-amplifier before being recorded directly in DSD 5.6 MHz using Merging Horus/Hapi In and the dCS Vivaldi Clock. All connections used in the process are made of OCC silver cable.

Each format (96kHz, 192kHz, DSD 2.8 MHz, DSD 5.6 MHz) was created using Merging Horus/Hapi A/D converter, calibrated to the required format and a dCS Vivaldi clock.

2xHD mastering: René Laflamme and André Perry
2xHD executive producer: André Perry

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