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Maria João Pires

Thursday, December 8, 2016


Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

September 15

Boulez and Mozart: Closer than we thought

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped discPierre Boulez once told me that Mozart was ‘trivial’ and he would never waste his time conducting such music. At the New York Philharmonic, he added, he persuaded them to substitute Haydn for Mozart. This was in 1985. Now, a diligent Slipped Disc reader has come up with the facts, which are not quite as Pierre remembered them. Boulez conducted these works by Mozart with the NY Phil (source: NY Phil digital archives), in all, 33 performances of Mozart: ADAGIO AND FUGUE, STRING QUARTET, C MIN, K.546 (QUART./STR. ORCH.) (5) CONCERTO, CLARINET, A MAJOR, K.622 (1) CONCERTO, FLUTE AND HARP IN C, K.297C (OLD K.299) (1) CONCERTO, FLUTE NO. 1, G MAJOR, K.285C (OLD K.313) (1) CONCERTO, HORN NO. 2, E-FLAT MAJOR, K.417 (2) CONCERTO, PIANO NO. 09, E-FLAT MAJOR, K.271 (JEUNEHOMME) (2) CONCERTO, PIANO NO. 10, E-FLAT MAJOR, K.316A (OLD K.365) (2 PIANOS) (1) CONCERTO, PIANO NO. 15, B-FLAT MAJOR, K.450 (1) CONCERTO, PIANO NO. 19, F MAJOR, K.459 (1) CONCERTO, PIANO NO. 20, D MINOR, K.466 (1) CONCERTO, PIANO NO. 24, C MINOR, K.491 (1) CONCERTO, PIANO NO. 27, B-FLAT MAJOR, K.595 (2) CONCERTO, VIOLIN NO. 3, G MAJOR, K.216 (2) CONCERTO, VIOLIN NO. 5, A MAJOR, K.219 (1) COSÌ FAN TUTTE (OVERTURE), K.588 (1) MAGIC FLUTE, THE (OVERTURE), K.620 (1) QUARTET, STRINGS, NO. 23, F MAJOR, K.590 (1) RONDO, PIANO, D MAJOR, K.382 (1) SERENADE NO. 9, D MAJOR, K.320, “POSTHORN” (2) SERENADE NO. 12, C MINOR, K.384A (OLD K.388) (1) SINFONIA CONCERTANTE, VLN/VLA, E-FLAT MAJOR, K.320D (K.364) (1) SYMPHONY NO. 36, C MAJOR, K.425, “LINZ” (2) SYMPHONY NO. 39, E-FLAT MAJOR, K.543 (1) SYMPHONY NO. 40, G MINOR, K.550 (1) VORREI SPIEGARVI OH DIO, K.418 (1) Also, According to the Proms archive, he conducted several Mozart concertos. There is a live recording of the coronation concerto with Clifford Curzon: He recorded some early Mozart concertos with The Domaine Musicale and Yvonne Loriod who was making a complete cycle. Finally, who could forget this remarkable performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 with Maria Joao Pires and the Berlin Phil?

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

August 15

Maria João Pires to play in ‘silence’ concert

The Portuguese pianist will be taking part in a concert celebrating the philosophy of Krishnamurti. She will perform Beethoven’s opus 111 at London’s Cadogan Hall. Very quietly. Details here. In this interview, she says Claudio Abbado held similar views.




Guardian

June 22

Berlin Phil: Europa Concerts 1991-2015 DVD review – a set of special things to savour

Berliner Philharmoniker/ Abbado/ Barenboim/ Boulez/ Dudamel/ Haitink/ Mehta/ Muti/ Rattle (Warner Classics, 25 DVDs)The Berlin Philharmonic gave its first ever concert in 1892, on 1 May. Since 1991, it has been marking that anniversary with a one-off May Day concert, which is given in a different historical-cultural centre in Europe each year, and which is televised live widely across Europe, though not in the UK. This set of DVDs documenting the first 25-year history of the Europa Concerts has been taken from these broadcasts. Though some of the performances are far more memorable than others, it makes for a fascinating collection. The recordings are generally first-rate, and are blissfully free of video gimmicks, voiceover introductions or commentaries, though there are no subtitles or printed texts for the vocal works. It’s the performances pure and simple, though a few of the discs include additional short documentary films about the cities in which the concerts took place. Those venues range from St Petersburg to Palermo, Istanbul to Oxford, with no fewer than three of them, for some reason, having been in Prague.Concerts under nine conductors are included in the set. As you might expect, the Berlin Philharmonic’s two principal conductors over the quarter century concerned, Claudio Abbado and Simon Rattle, feature most prominently, but Daniel Barenboim conducts five concerts, as well as making two appearances as a soloist. Programmes tend to be determinedly populist and mainstream – there’s lots of Mozart and Beethoven, and quite a bit of Brahms; even the one concert that Pierre Boulez conducts, in the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Lisbon, in 2003, includes a Mozart piano concerto, the D minor, K466, with Maria João Pires as the wonderfully fluent soloist. Continue reading...



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