Mozart: Piano Sonatas Nos. 10, 11, 12 & 14

Mozart: Piano Sonatas Nos. 10, 11, 12 & 14

by Maria João Pires
     
 

No clue is given as to the origins of the four Mozart piano sonata recordings collected on this album on the Regis label, but it sounds newer than other albums that have been rescued by that reissue house. Whenever it was recorded, it's very nice. Mozart is one of the central specialties of Portuguese-Brazilian pianist Maria-João Pires, and sheSee more details below

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No clue is given as to the origins of the four Mozart piano sonata recordings collected on this album on the Regis label, but it sounds newer than other albums that have been rescued by that reissue house. Whenever it was recorded, it's very nice. Mozart is one of the central specialties of Portuguese-Brazilian pianist Maria-João Pires, and she has a distinctive style that runs counter to Mozartian trends. It's delicate, extremely agile, and extremely sensitive, never rising above moderate dynamic levels. She's at her best in works with initially neutral thematic material, such as the "Piano Sonata in C major, K. 330," or "Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332"; here she finds very subtle melodic inflections and gives Mozart's brilliant ornaments the weight one imagines he himself would have laid on them. In the "Piano Sonata in C minor, K. 457," where nearly everyone else stresses the proto-Beethovenian quality of the music, Pires offers a decorous, almost subdued reading; it's worth hearing for the surprise alone. Only in the flashier "Piano Sonata in A major, K. 331," does she offer readings that are a bit mannered by modern standards, and even this, with its gamboling Rondo alla Turca, is anything but dull. A nice find from an often neglected pianist.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2013
Label:
Regis
UPC:
5055031313457
catalogNumber:
1345
Rank:
190370

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  1. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Maria João Pires
  2. Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332 (K. 300k)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Maria João Pires
  3. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Maria João Pires
  4. Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330 (K. 300h)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Maria João Pires

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