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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 24

Academy of Ancient Music
Robert Levin pianoforte
Richard Egarr conductor

1CD in hardback booklet

Released 3 March 2023

★★★★★ | Best classical albums of 2023 – Financial Times
★★★★★ – Le Devoir (Canada)
Record of the Week – BBC Radio 3 Record Review

£20.00

Academy of Ancient Music resumes a celebrated project to record Mozart’s complete Piano Concertos, with this ninth volume released after an extraordinary 20-year wait. Together with renowned scholar-pianist Robert Levin, AAM presents Mozart’s Piano Concertos No. 21 in C Major K467, perhaps one of Mozart’s most well-known Piano Concertos and featured in films The Spy Who Loved Me and Elvira Madigan, and No. 24 in C Minor K491, described by Mozart scholar Alexander Hyatt King as ‘not only the most sublime of the whole series but also one of the greatest pianoforte concertos ever composed’.

This release marks the renewal of a landmark project begun in 1993 on the Decca label to record Mozart’s entire works for keyboard. It will be followed by the four final albums of the series later in 2023 and 2024.

These performances are a breath of fresh air – and the resumption of the concerto cycle is a clear cause for celebration. The combination of scholarship and joy in performance, writ large by Levin’s superb improvisations, is in itself a modern-day miracle. International Piano Magazine

marvellously satisfying performances that are always full of surprises … Levin is the leading exponent in recreating the Mozart style on the spot. Throw in expressive playing from the AAM and these performances have plenty of character, the C Major bright and spirited, the dark C Minor foreshadowing the Romantic era. The remaining four discs are eagerly awaited. Financial Times

Tracks
[1–3] Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467
[4–6] Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491

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