- Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
- Piano Sonata in F major, K. 533/494
- Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i)
In the last several years, more and more chamber ensemble transcriptions and arrangements of standard repertoire, made within 20-30 years of the original work, are turning up, making for some interesting listening. The Chamber Soloists of Austin here present transcriptions of Mozart piano music. The first work is a transcription of the "Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466," made by Carl Czerny, reducing the orchestra to just a flute, a violin, two violas, and cello. The Chamber Soloists seem as if they are trying to make it more of a chamber work, a true sextet, than a work for piano and ensemble. "Seem" is the operative word because the sound quality of this disc is bad. Everything is muffled and fuzzy. There are times when the piano, although muzzy, makes it hard to hear any differences in dynamics and phrasing from the ensemble. Still, some insight into the music can be gained. It actually is an effective transcription, perfect for the accomplished amateur to use with friends for a home concert. Compared to Hummel's transcription for piano, flute, violin, and cello, Czerny's has a much richer sound because of the extra string players. Czerny also did not need to add some of the missing orchestral parts to the pianist's music, as Hummel did, capturing as much of them as possible with just the five instruments. The roles of pianist and quintet match those of pianist and orchestra, as much as the Chamber Soloists would like it to be otherwise. The two piano sonatas arranged by publisher and composer Franz Anton Hoffmeister for flute quartet, on the other hand, are real chamber works, with the parts fairly evenly spread between instruments so that it's not quite always just the flute with the melody. This is much easier to achieve in the "Sonata in A major, K. 331," with its first-movement set of variations and the Turkish rondo finale. Without the piano, the dynamics and articulation of the flute quartet come out better, but it's still not great, and the tones of the instruments do not blend well together. Nevertheless, the Chamber Soloists still manage to convey the Mozart lightness and dancing humor, making these transcriptions worth hearing at least once.