Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 24 Lars Vogt & Orchestre de chambre de Paris
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791): Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, 'Jeunehomne', K. 271:
- 1Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, 'Jeunehomne', K. 271: I. Allegro10:37
- 2Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, 'Jeunehomne', K. 271: II. Andantino11:18
- 3Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, 'Jeunehomne', K. 271: III. Rondo (Presto)10:10
- Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491:
- 4Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491: I. Allegro (Cadenza: Lars Vogt)13:44
- 5Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491: II. Larghetto06:38
- 6Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491: III. Allegretto08:55
Info for Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 24
The early death of award-winning pianist and conductor Lars Vogt on September 5, 2022 shocked profoundly the international music world. Some 16 months earlier, already aware of his diagnosis and in the middle of his treatment sessions, the artist had an urgent desire to record a Mozart piano concerto album together with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. He believed that performing these fantastic works that he so much admired would also be the best medicine for his condition. For this Mozart album Lars Vogt coupled two concertos: the early, exuberant Piano Concerto No. 9, ‘Jeunehomme’, written by Mozart in his early 20s, together with the melancholic and nostalgic Piano Concerto No. 24, which is considered by many as Mozart’s greatest piano concerto – a perfect closure to Lars Vogt’s final concerto album.
Recording producer Christoph Franke relates: “Lars absolutely wanted to record this Mozart album. For all the unshakable optimism that Lars radiated at all times, he knew that he probably had no chance. But he believed that a miracle perhaps would occur. This ambivalence was in the air the whole time: the hope in the impossible and at the same time the knowledge that it probably would be futile. (...) He brought the musicians into a mode in which everybody was happy to make music together, so that that they also could breathe together and play together. (...) In this album there’s something that – I don’t want to say ‘that summarizes’ – what made Lars who he was. He was much too multispectral for that. And yet the Mozart was in fact a little bit an essence in Lars. Also in the manner that Lars was. Not only with respect to his music-making but also in his manner of living and being. He had, I believe, things in common with Mozart: this overflowing joie de vivre, this energy ...“
Lars Vogt, piano, conductor
Orchestre de Chambre de Paris
was appointed the first ever “Pianist in Residence” by the Berlin Philharmonic in 2003/04 and enjoys a high profile as a soloist and chamber musician. His debut solo recording on Ondine with Bach’s Goldberg Variations (ODE 1273-2) was released in August 2015 with great critical success. In 2020, Lars Vogt was announced as the next Music Director of Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and the present album is his recording debut together with the orchestra. Lars Vogt was nominated for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year award in 2017. His recordings of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 (ODE 1311-2) together with the Royal Northern Sinfonia both received Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice. Also, his Brahms concerto series also received Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice in January 2020 (ODE 1330-2) and BBC Music Magazine Concerto Choice in August 2020 (ODE 1346-2). In 2021, Lars Vogt received the OPUS Klassik award for his Janáček solo piano album (ODE 1382-2) as the piano album of the year.
Orchestre de chambre de Paris
More than forty years after it was founded, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris is considered one of Europe’s foremost chamber orchestras. The orchestra performs throughout Greater Paris with concerts at the Philharmonie, where it is a resident ensemble, at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, as well as other venues in proximity to the metropolitan population, in addition to developing numerous international tours. Since 2020, the orchestra’s musical director is conductor and pianist Lars Vogt. Under his direction, it is pursuing and strengthening its unique artistic approach and firm commitment to chamber music.