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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concertos I
Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, KV 453
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, KV 488

Christoph Soldan ~ Grand Piano
Capella Istropolitana
Conductor: Pawel Przytocki

A concert recording from the church of the
UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery, Sept. 14th 2001,
recorded and created by Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler

CD Audio, DDD, 59 Min.
KuK 77, ISBN 978-3-930643-77-6, EAN 42 6000591 017 9
Copyright by K&K Verlagsanstalt anno 2002






The Vienna piano concertos between 1782 and 1786 are seen as the most eminent instrumental compositions of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart´s life work. He created a new musical form through the use of comprehensive musical ideas in reference of the themes, the originality and the equality of the interaction between soloist and orchestra. That is an extraordinary achievement of Mozart particularly in this part of his life - maybe as a result of his failed opera plans before - in view of the many concerts he played as one of the most asked pianists of Vienna and the multitude of students he taught during this period. It is documented, for example, that Mozart performed in the genesis year of the g major concerto (1784) at least 23 concerts during a period of 46 days. He also composed 6 piano-concertos and taught a stately quantity of students during the same year... Therefore these two works are carried by love of life cause of this outer success - profound but life-affirmatively, sometimes melancholic, yes even tragic, however by no means resigning.

Exactly these disputes with the intellectual density and psychological dimension of Mozart´s works make Christoph Soldan´s interpretations uniquely. Soldan studied with Prof. Eliza Hansen as well as Christoph Eschenbach at the Hamburg music university and attained his international success through a concert tour with Leonard Bernstein in the summer 1989. Since than he performs concerts as soloist of various renowned orchestras in Europe, the USA, Mexico and Japan. In addition to technical perfection, it is his concentration on the depth of the interpretation and the atmospheric transparency, which makes Soldan´s concerts very valuable.

Christoph Soldan combines a long-standing cooperation with the Polish conductor Pawel Przytocki. Przytocki works since 1999 as a constant guest conductor of the radio symphony orchestra Krakau and perfomed with the Budapest Concert Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica de Xalapa in Mexico, the Real Philharmonia de Galicia in Spain and the Cappella Istropolitana.

The Capella Istropolitana with his transparent string sound in accordance with the historical performance practice is virtually predestined for these concerti. This orchestra is seen as one of the most prestigious ensembles for historical music and look back to more than 70 cd-productions - two these releases were honored with platinum.

A concert-recording from September 14th, 2001 at the Maulbronn monastery church by A.O. Grimminger and J.S. Kindler in cooperation with Jürgen Budday.




Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegretto

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
4. Allegro (1)
5. Adagio (2)
6. Allegro assai (3)

Johann Sebastian Bach
7. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
(Jesu bleibet meine Freude from the Cantata BWV 147)