The Complete Mozart Piano Concertos

After more than twenty years of recording for the major labels, I decided to create my own. The venture was launched in January 2001, at the dawn of the 21st century; hence my choice of PIANO 21 as an appropriate title. This is the vehicle for my own recordings, some of them of live performances. They comprise both new recordings and tracks from private and radiophonic archives from various countries as well as re-issues. PIANO 21 gives expression to my twofold passion to share not only music from the major repertoire – naturally – but also the discovery of rare and less well known works.

Cover album

K. 595, K. 175 & K. 382
Vol. 7

In this seventh volume dedicated to concert recordings of the complete concertos of Mozart by Cyprien Katsaris and the Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie under the baton of the Korean conductor Yoon K. Lee features two special works. The first is the Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 27 in B flat major, K. 595, a particular treat for music lovers, on two counts: not only is it Mozart’s last Concerto, completed on 5 January 1791, but also it was to prove to be the last he ever played in public as a soloist, in the prestigious Ignaz Jahn Hall in Vienna on the following 4th of March. The Concerto in D major, K. 175, considered to be his fifth, was actually the first original piece for harpsichord and orchestra of a young composer of seventeen. Concertos previously had been arrangements of harpsichord sonatas by various composers including Carl Philipp Emmanuel and Johann Christian Bach. Offered alongside one another in this album, these two works trace a unique trajectory in the history of Mozart concertos. The Rondo for piano and orchestra in D major, K. 382 is actually an alternative version of the finale of Concerto K. 175, which Mozart often played. Settled in Vienna for good in 1781, the young composer wanted to woo his public with a light, playful piece very much attuned to the taste of the times.

P21 039-N

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