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Leif Ove Andsnes - Mozart Momentum 1785 makes CRB's 'Instant Replay'

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"Mellow" is the name of the game in WCRB: Boston 30th (!) edition of Instant Replay! Chill out with us when you listen to this playlist of our favorite music of the month, featuring Ben Folds, the Indigo Girls, Nanci Griffith, and more.

This series highlights CRB's favorite music of the moment – discoveries we've made when we're at home cooking or cleaning, at the office, or out and about. Classical or otherwise, old, new, or just really cool, these are the tracks we've had on repeat this month. Find a cumulative playlist at the end of this post. Happy listening!

Mozart Momentum 1785 is the first of two releases on which pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra are exploring the remarkable years of 1785/86 in W.A. Mozart's life. It includes piano concertos Nos 20-22, the Piano Quartet in G minor, Masonic Funeral Music and Fantasia in C minor for solo piano. Mozart wrote a series of masterpieces and revolutionized the nature of the piano concerto. The five piano concertos, no.20-24, are game-changers in the history of the form. Mozart began to re-examine the roles of the soloist and orchestra and created a dialogue between the two entities in a way that had not been heard before. "It changes completely with Mozart's Piano Concerto No 20 [in D minor K466]," says Andsnes.

CRB's Laura Carlo writes....It has been a while since I treated myself to a new Mozart album. I've always admired Leif Ove Andsnes's ease at the piano. I saw him (and actually chatted with him) at Symphony Hall many years ago. So, I decided to check out the new "MM1785" on which Andsnes is joined by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. What a bright, yet warm-sounding collab on pieces Mozart wrote in a stellar composing year, 1785. I've always loved his Piano Concerto No. 21 (the one that's called the "Elvira Madigan" because it was used in the movie of that name), and Concertos Nos. 20 and 22, and in addition to these gems, there are his Fantasy in C Minor and Masonic Funeral Music. Happy to recommend this one over and over.