Mozart: Piano Sonatas

Mozart: Piano Sonatas

by Marc-André HamelinMarc-André Hamelin

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Overview

Even though Marc-André Hamelin is world-renowned for his astonishing virtuosity and a massive repertoire of the most demanding piano works, including those of Scriabin, Godowsky, and Sorabji, he has startled many with his sudden turn toward the placid domain of Classical music. First came his critically acclaimed recordings of Franz Joseph Haydn's keyboard sonatas, which were surprise best-sellers for Hyperion, and here he offers a double-CD of the piano sonatas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with a handful of short pieces to round out the discs. Since Hamelin's fine reputation precedes him, suffice it to say that these are among the most meticulously played and wittily interpreted renditions of these pieces ever recorded. Even though Mozart's sonatas are tamer than the showpieces of pianistic derring-do normally associated with Hamelin, they are endlessly fascinating for their skillfully crafted details, subtle phrases, and elegant expressions. Since the issue isn't how Hamelin manages all the notes, but instead how he shapes them into such entertaining and moving performances, there is much food for thought in this album, and anyone who attentively follows his playing will find a deeper appreciation of Mozart. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2015
Label: Hyperion
UPC: 0034571280295
catalogNumber: 68029
Rank: 56037

Tracks

  1. Fantasia for piano in D minor (fragment), K. 397 (K. 385g)
  2. Rondo for piano No. 3 in A minor, K. 511
  3. Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, K. 282 (K. 189g)
  4. Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545
  5. Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K. 333 (K. 315c)
  6. Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330 (K. 300h)
  7. Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332 (K. 300k)
  8. Piano Sonata No. 5 in G major, K. 283 (K. 189h)
  9. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major ("Trumpet", "Hunt"), K. 576
  10. Gigue for piano in G major ("Eine kleine Gigue"), K. 574
  11. Rondo for piano No. 1 in D major, K. 485
  12. Piano Sonata No. 16 in B flat major, K. 570

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