- Rondo No. 3 in A minor for piano, K511
- Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i)
- Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat major, K570
- Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K300h (K330)
One could argue that artists advanced in years are the greatest interpreters of Mozart's music. Mozart may be the most celebrated wunderkind of all time, but it seems evident that his music requires wisdom as well as dexterity. Alfred Brendel possesses both qualities in abundance. Even as a young man, Brendel was an exceptionally thoughtful musician; today (he was nearing 70 when these recordings were made) he is among the most perceptive and probing pianists around. In the first movement of the Sonata in B-flat Major (K. 570), for example, he doesn't try to counteract the music's simple texture with exaggerated emotional embellishments. Instead, his playing goes directly to the music's heart, revealing the individual character of each theme and the subtle dramatic friction of their interactions. The Rondo in A Minor, one of Mozart's most poignant pieces, particularly benefits from this forthright approach. While other pianists use this melancholy music as an opportunity to show off their melting tone, Brendel plays with gritty dignity. The oddly gnarled phrases are presented with their rough edges intact, and their expressive power is intensified. The four works on this recital were recorded in three different venues; all but the Sonata in C (K. 330) were made during live concerts. The sound is consistently excellent, however, with minimal audience noise.