Mozart: Complete Sonatas for Piano, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Pianist Jeffrey Biegel and E1 Entertainment have launched a new cycle of Wolfgang Mozart's 17 piano sonatas with this volume, Mozart: The Complete Sonatas for Piano, Vol. 1, which contains sonatas 1-9 on three discs. Upon considering it, experienced listeners might wonder, "What can he do that Lili Kraus, Glenn Gould, Mitsuko Uchida, and so on and so forth didn't do?" One major wrinkle with this edition is that Biegel elects to vary the repeats through some lightly applied improvisation, a practice still in force in Mozart's time and considered standard long before; the very idea of slavish adherence to the letter of a composer's score down to exact repeats is a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Pianist Jeffrey Biegel and E1 Entertainment have launched a new cycle of Wolfgang Mozart's 17 piano sonatas with this volume, Mozart: The Complete Sonatas for Piano, Vol. 1, which contains sonatas 1-9 on three discs. Upon considering it, experienced listeners might wonder, "What can he do that Lili Kraus, Glenn Gould, Mitsuko Uchida, and so on and so forth didn't do?" One major wrinkle with this edition is that Biegel elects to vary the repeats through some lightly applied improvisation, a practice still in force in Mozart's time and considered standard long before; the very idea of slavish adherence to the letter of a composer's score down to exact repeats is a conceit that dates from no earlier than the late romantic, and possibly modern period. In regard to Biegel's repeats, they are suitably invisible; they never step out of the pocket in terms of Mozart's general style and on the contrary spring from a comprehensive understanding of that style. On the other hand, the varied repeats are not the only advantage to this breathtaking outing; Biegel plays Mozart with a good deal of muscle and fortitude, and it is refreshing to hear him played that way; there is nothing in this volume of the powder-puff preciousness that American composer Charles Ives used to disparage. However, sensitivity and seriousness are appropriately applied in slow movements and Biegel does an overall great job of balancing in this high-wire act, dispensing with the traditional understanding of the "pearls on velvet" tag used to describe Mozart's own playing and delivering these sonatas with the same gravity generally extended elsewhere to Mozart's peers, such as Dussek and Haydn. While this is not to say that what Kraus, Gould and Uchida did in their own sets wasn't good -- conversely, all of those stylists brought something unique to this same table -- it can be confidently said that Biegel has, in this modest E1 package, turned the page, resetting the bar for Mozart sonata interpretation in the twenty first century and hopefully refreshing this important cycle for a new generation of listeners. While some traditionally minded listeners might find Biegel's textual variants too interventionist, listening with the gloves off, for once, should reveal what a dynamic and exciting yet disciplined and well-seasoned set this is. Second for second in comparison to much of the competition, E1's Mozart: The Complete Sonatas for Piano, Vol. 1, really wakes up the palate and breathes new oxygen into these well-worn, familiar piano sonatas.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/28/2009
  • Label: Koch Int'l Classics
  • UPC: 099923776123
  • Catalog Number: 7761
  • Sales rank: 275,842

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, K. 279 (K. 189d) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jeffrey Biegel (21:34)
  2. 4–6 Piano Sonata No. 2 in F major, K. 280 (K. 189e) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jeffrey Biegel (19:41)
  3. 7–9 Piano Sonata No. 3 in B flat major, K. 281 (K.189f) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jeffrey Biegel (18:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, K. 282 (K. 189g) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jeffrey Biegel (13:37)
  2. 4–6 Piano Sonata No. 5 in G major, K. 283 (K. 189h) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jeffrey Biegel (18:32)
  3. 7–9 Piano Sonata No. 6 in D major, K. 284 (K. 205b) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jeffrey Biegel (29:22)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Piano Sonata No. 7 in C major, K. 309 (K. 284b) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jeffrey Biegel (22:14)
  2. 4–6 Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310 (K. 300d) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jeffrey Biegel (20:07)
  3. 7–9 Piano Sonata No. 9 in D major, K. 311 (K. 284c) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jeffrey Biegel (17:26)
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Performance Credits
Jeffrey Biegel Primary Artist
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