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

Alon Goldstein, Fine Arts Quartet, Rachel Calin

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Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466 (Arr. for Piano & String Quintet)  
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. for Piano & String Quintet)  
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.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, USA, June 24 - 26, 2014
Producer, engineer and editor: Steven Epstein
Booklet notes: Keith Anderson, Ralph Evans
Cover photo: Leigh Prather / Dreamstime

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