Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 15 & 27 (2013)

Mozart

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Martin Helmchen

Gordan Nikolic

For the sequel to his first Mozart CD with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, pianist Martin Helmchen has once again chosen two strongly contrasting piano concertos in one and the same key: this time B flat major. The works are from two entirely different periods in Mozart's life. Piano Concerto no. 15, K. 450 is one of six composed in 1784, three of which were written for two other pianists, Barbara von Player and Maria Theresia van Paradis. Together with the Clarinet Concerto, K. 622, Piano concerto no. 27, K 595, composed in the same year, 1791, forms Mozart's swansong in the genre and was written in a period when the good old days of his Akademien (or concerts) had been consigned to the past.

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Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

The Nederlands Kamerorkest (= Netherlands Chamber Orchestra) was founded in 1955 and gave its first concert that year during the Holland Festival. Szymon Goldberg – the legendary violinist, conductor and pedagogue – was artistic director of the ensemble for the first 22 years.Goldberg then appointed David Zinman as second conductor (alongside himself) and, jointly, they raised the level of the orchestra to equal that of any top international chamber ensemble. They were succeeded in 1979 by Antoni Ros Marbà, who led the orchestra until 1986. From 1986 to 2002, Hartmut Haenchen was chief conductor of the ensemble, with Philippe Entremont as permanent guest conductor. Since 2003, Yakov Kreizberg has been chief conductor of the Nederlands Kamerorkest. In September 2004, top violinist Gordan Nikoli´c was appointed Artistic Director and Leader of the Nederlands Kamerorkest. As such, he regularly leads the orchestra from within.

Martin Helmchen

In the 2012/13 Martin Helmchen is soloist both with The Philharmonia, London and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi. He also performs with the Orchestre National de Lyon with Antoni Wit, the Orchestre National de France with Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin with Marek Janowski and makes his debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds.  He collaborates again with Andris Nelsons on a tour in Germany with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and joins Viviane Hagner and Marie-Elizabeth Hecker on tour in Spain with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Returning to the USA he makes his debut with the Houston Symphony under the baton of Hans Graf.
In recital two important venues are added to a busy schedule including Berlin’s Philharmonie,  San Francisco’s SF Performances series.    With a passion for chamber music largely ignited in early collaborations with the late cellist Boris Pergamenschikow Martin Helmchen performs throughout Europe during 2012/13 with his wife and cellist Marie-Elizabeth Hecker and joining with Veronica Eberle and Antoine Tomastit they perform in Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris. 

The 2011/12 has seen Martin Helmchen as Artist in Residence with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and David Zinman.  He has also performed with NDR Hamburg and Semyon Bychkov, the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin and David Afkham, with The Philharmonia and Diego Matheuz, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra collaborating again with Vladimir Jurowski.  

 

Gordan Nikolic

He has conducted the Chamber Orchestra of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National d'Île-de-France, the Manchester Camerata, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, among others: during the 2005/2006 season, he conducted the Orchestre de Lille. Since 2004, he has been Artistic Director of the Nederlands Kamerorkest (= Netherlands Chamber Orchestra), which is based in Amsterdam. With this orchestra, he has programmed various memorable productions, such as Stravinsky's L'histoire du soldat with kinetic painter Norman Perryman, and Weill's Die sieben Todsünden with theatre company Dogtroep. Nikoli´ c has already recorded several CDs with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, which include works by Britten, Bartók and Hartmann, among others. In 2000, he was appointed "Prince Consort Professor" for string ensembles at the Royal College of Music. Since September 2003, he has also been a professor at the Guildhall School of Music. In the Netherlands, Nikoli´c also teaches at the Rotterdam Academy for Classical Music. Gordan Nikolic´ has a special interest in chamber music, and is regularly invited to perform at various festivals. These include the Musique à l'Empéri Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Daytona Music Festival, Chaise-Dieu Festival and the London Proms, where he has performed with such musicians as Vladimir Mendelssohn, Pieter Wispelwey, Christophe Coin, Eric Le Sage, Maria João Pires, Mikhaïl Pletnev, Emmanuel Ax, Leif Ove Andsnes and Tim Hugh. Recently, he has joined the Vellinger String Quartet. He has performed as a soloist with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre Symphonique de Bâle, the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, he played the Walton Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under André Previn. In 2003, he performed the Brahms Double Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, which was recorded for the ‘LSO Live' label, as well as Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1 in five concerts in Holland. He gave the première of James MacMillan's Violin Concerto, Deep But Dazzling Darkness, under the baton of the composer with the London Symphony Orchestra. Gordan Nikolic´ has made many recordings for various labels (including Olympia, Lyrinx and Syrius), exploring the lesser-known violin repertoire. One of his recordings, dedicated to Vivaldi, was nominated "Recording of the Month" in Holland, and his Bach recording received an award from DRS3, Switzerland's cultural radio channel. Gordan Nikolic´ plays a Lorenzo Storioni violin dating from 1794.

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Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 15 & 27 (2013)

Mozart

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Martin Helmchen

    International Record Review

This is playing of extraordinary quality and character, and a fine partnership between soloist, conductor and orchestra. This disc is recorded in outstandingly clear sound and the notes are informative – I was enchanted by this release. (April 2014)

    Classical CD Review

"...Helmchen has returned to Mozart with these beautiful performance of two of the composer's liveliest concertos, Nos. 15 and 27. Crystalline pianism throughout, with splendid accompaniment from the fine Dutch orchestra and conductor Nikolic. Well-balanced audio, with natural balance between soloist and orchestra are another plus. Another Mozart concerto easily could have been included; playing time is rather brief. " January 2014

    AllMusic: "PentaTone's sound is awesomely transparent."

On this release, Helmchen's second of Mozart concertos, Helmchen differentiates the two concertos substantially rather than applying a standard Mozart concerto mode, and for this alone the album is worth hearing. In the lovely performance of the Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat major, K. 450, Helmchen adopts an almost liquid texture, focusing on the spaces between the notes. Most unusual is the Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K. 595, where Helmchen rejects the supposedly death-haunted sort of innocent transcendence loaded onto this work by the Romantics. Instead, in his hands, Mozart is depicted as having absolutely no plans to die, but rather as ready for the innovations that would have made him into a post-Classical composer had he lived a few more years. The harmonically adventurous development section of the first movement is not treated as some quietly mystical experience, but is given a full-blooded reading suggesting Beethovenian dimensions. The finale here doesn't quite work: the limpid rondo theme seems to come out of nowhere in this generally heavier reading. But Helmchen's reading is consistently absorbing, and he's plainly a young Mozartian to watch. PentaTone's sound is awesomely transparent.

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Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 15 & 27 (2013)

Mozart

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Martin Helmchen

Producer: Sebastian Stein
Recording Engineer: Jean Marie Geijsen
Recording location: NedPho Koepel, Amsterdam, Holland
Recording Software: Merging
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Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat, K. 450 - Allegro
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Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat, K. 450 - Andante
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Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, K. 595 - Allegro
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Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, K. 595 - Rondo. Allegro
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