Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) - Piano Concertos No. 20 in D minor, K 466, No. 12 in A major, "a quattro", K 414
Jan Bartoš - piano, Czech Philharmonic, conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek (K 466), Doležal Quartet (K 414)
"Jan Bartoš is one of my most impressive and most exciting young colleagues. In Jan Bartoš, virtuosity is coupled with deeply serious musicianship." When such appreciation is voiced by the legendary pianist Alfred Brendel, we should prick up our ears. In addition to Brendel, Bartoš has been most markedly influenced by his friend and teacher, the phenomenal Czech pianist Ivan Moravec. Numerous accolades from international competitions, acclaimed performances at major concert venues all over the world (including Carnegie Hall) and collaboration with renowned orchestras and conductors have been further milestones on Bartoš's journey through the musical landscape. With regard to the two mentors, his having opted for Mozart's music for his Supraphon debut album comes as no surprise. Although referred to by some as "na?ve" and "overly simple", Jan Bartoš uncovers the deepest layers of the architecture of and the emotions encoded in Mozart's works. Together with the conductor, the late Jiří Bělohlávek, the pianist guides the listener through the ominous, demonic even, Concerto in D minor like through a mystery story. The more joyous nature of the Concerto in A major is further highlighted by the transparent texture of its chamber version for string quartet. The two concertos unveil the nooks and crannies of Mozart's multi-layered music, in a top-notch performance quality.
A masterful depiction of the light and the delicate hues of Mozart's piano concertos.
“These live recordings come with Alfred Brendel's endorsement: Bartos
pairs the turbulent D minor concerto with Brendel's chamber arrangement of the
earlier A major as a quasi-piano quintet. The late Bělohlávek and his superb
orchestra revel in Mozart's dark, dramatic harmonies, recalling Don Giovanni,
while the soloist's crisp articulation and singing legato are never far from
the spirit of the composer's sunnier comedies.” The Sunday Times, 20th August 2017
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.20 in D minor, K.V. 466