Mozart: Piano Sonatas, Adagio In B Minor

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
The final release in Philips's series of recordings celebrating the 70th birthday of Alfred Brendel finds the pianist combining two of Mozart's most sun-filled sonatas with a pair of his darkest works for piano. The opening F Major Sonata, K. 332, begins with a gently rocking melody that becomes a gracious query in Brendel's hands, answered affirmatively by the hunting-horn second theme. In the arioso Adagio, Brendel makes Mozart's lavishly ornamented reprise sound utterly spontaneous, and the Allegro Assai is a breathless dash, ending with a whispered final cadence, like the faint echo of distant clatter. The graceful B-flat Major Sonata, K. 333, which follows, is poised...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
The final release in Philips's series of recordings celebrating the 70th birthday of Alfred Brendel finds the pianist combining two of Mozart's most sun-filled sonatas with a pair of his darkest works for piano. The opening F Major Sonata, K. 332, begins with a gently rocking melody that becomes a gracious query in Brendel's hands, answered affirmatively by the hunting-horn second theme. In the arioso Adagio, Brendel makes Mozart's lavishly ornamented reprise sound utterly spontaneous, and the Allegro Assai is a breathless dash, ending with a whispered final cadence, like the faint echo of distant clatter. The graceful B-flat Major Sonata, K. 333, which follows, is poised but has a sense of urgency, culminating with the Allegro Grazioso's high-spirited cadenza. In the C Minor Sonata, K. 457, though, Brendel seems fully to find his voice, playing the first movement's agitated music with a feverish conviction. The Adagio is a heartfelt aria, a song without words, and the finale's fitful phrases build to a clamorous, Beethoven-esque conclusion. The Adagio in B Minor, K. 540, closes the program with a plaintive, introspective monologue; its forward-looking, chromatic harmonies support a sorrowful melody. The other releases in this series -- whether the Schubert sonatas, the Mozart concertos, or the Salzburg live recital -- have shown Brendel to be an artist whose interpretive powers have only deepened with time. No exception, ths album is an impressive and fitting conclusion.
International Record Review - Peter Branscombe
Alfred Brendel seems to have attained a new level of serenity in his latest Mozart recital.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2001
  • Label: Philips
  • UPC: 028946804827
  • Catalog Number: 468048
  • Sales rank: 83,494

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332 (K. 300k) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Clive Bennett (19:52)
  2. 4–6 Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K. 333 (K. 315c)c - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Clive Bennett (22:14)
  3. 7–9 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Clive Bennett (22:22)
  4. 8 Adagio for piano in B minor, K. 540 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Clive Bennett (10:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alfred Brendel Primary Artist
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