Album

Jan Bartoš, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek

Mozart: Piano Concertos

Catalogue Number: SU 4234-2
Published: 18th August 2017
Genre: Orchestral
Format: 1 CD
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.

Reviews

“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

“Er besitzt einen geschmeidigen und farbenreichen Anschlag, der die Begeisterung des Publikums am Schlusss verständlich macht. Bělohlávek zeigt sich als aufmerksamer Begleiter, der das Timing des Solisten optimal unterstützt und seine Philharmonie zu ausdrucksvollem Spiel ermuntert. Deshalb und auch wegen des guten Klavierklangs empfehle ich diese Aufnahme. Die Kammermusik-Fassung (ebenfals Konzertmitschnitt) zeigt die Qualiten Bartoš' auf einem etwas weniger brillant augenomennen Flügel. Sehr hörenswert!”
HiFi & Stereo, September 2017

“Jan Bartoš, on the other hand, plays on a modern piano and is joined by a steel-strung quartet with the standard line-up for K414. The acoustic here is more spacious, allowing for greater ease of balance between the instruments, although you are aware throughout that Bartoš is careful never to eclipse his partners. In the hymnlike slow movement he spins a beguiling, sustained melody that contrasts wonderfully with his sprightly playing elsewhere.”
Gramophone, October 2017

“L'excellence de ce disque se trouve dans l'interprétation impériale du soliste Jan Bartoš.”
Musique pour tous, October 2017

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.20 in D minor, K.V. 466
1.
Allegro 14:44
2.
Romanza 08:58
3.
Rondo. Allegro assai 08:23
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 12 in A major " A Quattro", K.V. 414/386a
4.
Allegro 09:50
5.
Andante 08:07
6.
Allegretto 06:52