Mozart Momentum 1785 | Sony 19439742462

Mozart Momentum 1785


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Label: Sony

Cat No: 19439742462

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 28th May 2021



Leif Ove Andsnes’s ‘Mozart Momentum 1785’ is a 2-CD portrait of the master composer, exploring his most revolutionizing, creative and game changing years for piano music. “When you realize how quickly Mozart developed during the early years of the 1780s it makes you ask: why did this happen? What was going on? It’s about the momentum of his creativity at this time,” says Leif Ove Andsnes. Mozart Momentum 1785 is the first of two releases exploring those especially remarkable years. It includes Piano Concertos nos 20–22, the Piano Quartet in G minor, Masonic Funeral Music and Fantasia in C minor for solo piano.

In 1781, aged 25, Mozart made the bold move of going freelance as a musician and composer. Within a couple of years he had established himself as one of the most famous musicians in Vienna but by 1785 he had competition on his doorstep. As more and more talented composers and musicians arrived in the city, freelancers like Mozart had to become ever more inventive to distinguish themselves and win over the public’s affection. It was in these two years – 1785 and 1786 – that Mozart’s musical imagination flourished like never before.


How inspiring that something so enriching should have come out of lockdown... The year 1785 was, even by Mozart’s standards, an annus mirabilis, as this double album abundantly demonstrates. But what we also gain from hearing these pieces in this context is an appreciation of the interconnections between them, and that’s certainly brought alive in every performance. ... a remarkable achievement by all concerned.  Harriet Smith (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone June 2021
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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