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AAM and Robert Levin complete landmark recording cycle
21 Jun 2024

AAM and Robert Levin today release the thirteenth and final instalment in their celebrated series showcasing Mozart's complete works for keyboard and orchestra (AAM045).

This crowning achievement, released in celebration of AAM's 50th anniversary, is the culmination of a monumental 30-year project. 'This cycle is a central element both in Christopher Hogwood’s legacy as founder and director of AAM and within my own career,' comments Levin. 'The completion of this cycle represents the successful realisation of a project of outstanding significance.'

The collaboration between AAM's visionary founder, Christopher Hogwood, and the esteemed scholar-pianist Robert Levin began in 1993 with the ambitious goal of recording Mozart's complete works for keyboard and orchestra. Levin's interpretation breathed new life into these timeless compositions by reinstating improvisation as a central element, echoing Mozart's original intent. All concertos were recorded with improvised cadenzas, and decorative ornamentation was applied throughout, recreating the approach Mozart would have taken.

Over seven years, Levin and AAM crafted eight albums, encompassing 17 of Mozart's concertos, garnering praise from experts as the pinnacle of the historical performance movement. Now, more than two decades later, AAM and Levin have fulfilled their mission, delivering the final concertos, lesser-known gems, and fragments across five albums (AAM0041-45), to widespread critical acclaim.

With this remarkable achievement, the cycle stands as the definitive recording of Mozart's complete keyboard and orchestra works.

For its infectious sense of spontaneity, not to mention its completeness ... this cycle has set new standards. It marks a defining achievement in a career that has straddled scholarship and performance at the highest level. Financial Times

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