Christian Zacharias Mozart: Piano Concertos

Christian Zacharias - Mozart: Piano Concertos Vol.4 (2008) [SACD to HiRes FLAC]

Christian Zacharias - Mozart: Piano Concertos Vol.4 (2008)
PS3 Rip | FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000) 24bit/88.2 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.01GB + 5% Recovery

This disc is part of a Mozart concerto cycle being issued by German pianist Christian Zacharias, conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne. Several of the discs have been exceptional, and the musicianship here maintains the high level of the earlier releases in the series. The interpretations, however, are a bit unorthodox, so sample well and consider. The audiophile sound from the MDG label continues to be an attraction in itself; the sonics of Lausanne's moderate-sized and heavily acoustically tweaked Salle Métropole concert hall have awesome clarity and depth.
Jan Lisiecki, Christian Zacharias & Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Mozart Piano Concertos nos.20 & 21 (2012) RE-UP

Jan Lisiecki, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Christian Zacharias - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos.20 & 21 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 59:33 minutes | 931 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Jan Lisiecki, the Canadian prodigy, makes his Deutsche Grammophon debut with a masterful interpretation of Mozart Concertos. Lisiecki performs with technical assurance in this collaboration with Christian Zacharias, who leads the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Mozart’s Piano Concertos nos. 20 & 21 are technically challenging pieces and are well-respected in the classical repertoire. Lisiecki displays unworldly virtuosity, far beyond his years. The performances are glowing and compelling. Absolutely essential.

Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.5 (2009) [SACD-R][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by Discograf_man at Jan. 12, 2017
Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.5 (2009) [SACD-R][OF]

Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.5 (2009) [SACD-R][OF]
Classical, Piano, Orchestral | SACD ISO: DST64 2.0, 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Artwork | 3.60 GB
Label: MDG | Release Year: 2009

Midem Classique Award winner Christian Zacharias continues his survey of Mozart Piano Concertos as both performer & conductor. Featuring arguably 1 of the most famous, the A Major. MDG’s complete recording of Mozart’s piano compositions with Christian Zacharias in the double role as pianist & conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra continues with KV 488, certainly the most-performed piano concerto by the great Salzburg composer, complemented here by KV 246 & KV 175, Mozart’s very 1st piano concerto.

Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.4 (2009) [SACD-R][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by Discograf_man at Jan. 11, 2017
Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.4 (2009) [SACD-R][OF]

Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.4 (2009) [SACD-R][OF]
Classical, Piano, Orchestral | SACD ISO: DST64 2.0, 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Artwork | 3.13 GB
Label: MDG | Release Year: 2009

This volume in the series seems to have taken a step up, with playing which previously might have been a little cosy now edgier & with more contrast in light & shade. The overall ensemble is excellent, & these are very good Mozart concerto interpretations indeed. Sound quality is up to MDG’s usual high standard, with a well-scaled ambience in Mch, & the 2+2+2 channel setup with height channels works fine in my 5.1 setup, despite my not reassigning the centre & sub speaker.

Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.3 (2008) [SACD-R][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by Discograf_man at Jan. 11, 2017
Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.3 (2008) [SACD-R][OF]

Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.3 (2008) [SACD-R][OF]
Classical, Piano, Orchestral | SACD ISO: DST64 2.0, 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Artwork | 3.14 GB
Label: MDG | Release Year: 2008

In this 3rd volume, Zacharias’ Mozart becomes essential, if not quintessential, in a universe for piano & concerto that is fascinating. The Concerto for Piano & Orchestra #17 in G major KV 453 dates from 1784, & inspired the musician Alfred Einstein to say: “In a friendly key are hidden many mysterious smiles & painful wounds – words cannot be found to describe the permanent irisation of feelings in the 1st movement, the passionate interiority of the 2nd.”

Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.2 (2005) [SACD-R][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by Discograf_man at Jan. 9, 2017
Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.2 (2005) [SACD-R][OF]

Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.2 (2005) [SACD-R][OF]
Classical, Piano, Orchestral | SACD ISO: DST64 2.0, 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Artwork | 2.94 GB
Label: MDG | Release Year: 2005

Will listeners raised on virtuoso performances of Mozart’s piano concertos be able to make room in the hearts for Christian Zacharias’ recordings with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne? It depends on how willing they are to forego the pleasures of virtuosity for the pleasures music-making. This is not to say that Zacharias isn’t a virtuoso pianist. As his 20 years of recordings make very clear, he has talents & abilities far beyond those of most mortal pianists.

Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.1 (2003) [SACD-R][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by Discograf_man at Jan. 9, 2017
Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.1 (2003) [SACD-R][OF]

Christian Zacharias - W.A. Mozart Piano Concertos Vol.1 (2003) [SACD-R][OF]
Classical, Piano, Orchestral | SACD ISO: DST64 2.0, 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Artwork | 3.44 GB
Label: MDG | Release Year: 2003

Not just because this disk is the only 1 in the series without a review on this site, but also because it concerns a re-issue in SACD format, I thought it might be useful to share my views with the Super Audio community. To start with the end: My verdict is a wholehearted positive 1 in both artistic & technical sense.
Malcolm Frager, Christian Zacharias, Dezso Ranki, Aleksandar Madzar - Mozart: Piano Concertos: Nos. 5, 8, 17, 27 (2013/1989-90)

Mozart - Piano Concertos: Nos. 5, 8, 17, 27 (Malcolm Frager, Christian Zacharias, Dezső Ránki, Aleksandar Madžar) (2013/1989-90)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.22 Gb (DVD9) | 120 min
Classical | EuroArts

Mozart, who composed 21 piano concerti, can be regarded as the “inventor” of the popular piano concerto. Although J.S. Bach and his son had written numerous concerti for harpsichord or fortepiano and orchestra before him, Mozart’s enormous input to the genre is mostly due to his concerti being regarded as ‘popular music’ by his contemporaries: to be enjoyed and replaced quickly by newer works. For this series on four DVDs, the most influential, the most artistically challenging and the most popular piano concerti have been selected to be performed by the best Mozart interpreters of our time. The last volume features pianists Christian Zacharias, Malcolm Frager, Deszö Ránki and Aleksandar Madzar performing the piano concerti Nos. 5, 8, 17 & 27. The performances on this DVD were shot in highly attractive historical venues – at the Teatro Scientifico del Bibiena in Mantua, in the 18th century Schwetzingen Palace and in the Grosse Galerie at Schloss Schönbrunn in Vienna – capturing the atmosphere of Mozart’s lifetime.
Christian Zacharias, Radu Lupu, Ivan Klansky - Mozart: Piano Concertos: Nos. 6, 19, 20 (2013/1989-90)

Mozart - Piano Concertos: Nos. 6, 19, 20 (Christian Zacharias, Radu Lupu, Ivan Klánský) (2013/1989-90)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 6.43 Gb (DVD9) | 80 min
Classical | EuroArts

Mozart, who composed 21 piano concerti, can be regarded as the “inventor” of the popular piano concerto. Although J.S. Bach and his son had written numerous concerti for harpsichord or fortepiano and orchestra before him, Mozart’s enormous input to the genre is mostly due to his concerti being regarded as ‘popular music’ by his contemporaries: to be enjoyed and quickly replaced by newer works. For this series on four DVDs, the most influential, the most artistically challenging and the most popular piano concerti have been selected to be performed by the best Mozart interpreters of our time. Volume III features pianists Radu Lupu, Christian Zacharias and Ivan Klánský performing Mozart’s piano concerti Nos. 6. 19 and 20 in highly attractive venues – at the Rococo Schwetzingen Palace in the Southwest of Germany, the reconstructed Sophiensaal in Munich and the Rittersaal of Palais Waldstein in Prague.
Mozart - Piano Concertos Vol. I-VI (Christian Zacharias, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne) [2003-2010]

Mozart - Piano Concertos Vol. I-VI (Christian Zacharias, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne) [2003-2010]
Classical | EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 6cd, 1.32 GB
Label: MDG | Catalog Number: 340 1182-2,340 1298-2,940 1488-6,940 1529-6,940 1562-6,940 1646-6

Six piano concertos in a mere twelve months: in no other year was Mozart as productive in this genre as he was in 1784. Christian Zacharias and his Lausanne Chamber Orchestra have taken considerably more time with their interpretations of Mozart’s piano concertos – and with sensational results. This complete recording even now promises to occupy one of the top ranks on international lists: Zacharias is able perfectly and seamlessly to transfer his inimitable touch and sound culture to the orchestra.