- Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, K. 282 (K. 189g)
- Fantasia for piano in C minor, K. 475
- Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457
- Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i)
Pianist Evgeni Koroliov presents listeners with an interesting assortment of Mozart piano sonatas. They are each unusual in that, technically speaking, none of them follow the traditional three-movement sonata form in the fast-slow-fast order. The "K. 282 Sonata" begins with its most significant movement, an introspective and vocal Adagio. The famous "C minor Sonata, K. 457," adheres to the traditional format except for the assertion that the "Fantasie, K. 475" (also performed on this album), was intended to be played as a type of overture to the sonata. Finally is the "A major Sonata, K. 331," which begins rather unusually with an Andante theme and variation set. The sonata concludes with the very well-known "Turkish Rondo." Koroliov's performances of these sonatas are quite satisfactory, though perhaps a bit more romanticized than some listeners may be comfortable with. This is not to say that anything about Koroliov's playing is overdone or exaggerated. He uses a fair amount of rubato, especially in slow movements, but always with the purpose of better delineating the musical phrase. His dynamic palate is pleasingly diverse, which he uses to his advantage with his subtle voicing and tone variations. Koroliov's choice of tempo is usually on the conservative side, a welcome change to many recordings that seek to turn Mozart into a speed race. Most pleasing on this recording is the overall clarity of the instrument, with never so much as a hint of a hurried or blurred passage.
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