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Handel: Suite No 5; Mozart: Sonata No 14, Etc / De Larrocha


Release Date: 10/29/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 417372   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ferruccio BusoniGeorge Frideric HandelWolfgang Amadeus MozartJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Though Bach, Handel and Mozart are not the composers with whom I'd immediately associate Larrocha, this recital is none the less welcome for that. In Handel's Fifth Suite she makes no pretense that her piano is anything other than a piano. All four movements are played with vivid contrasts of dynamics, color and touch, plus quite a show of bravura in the famous concluding Harmonious Blacksmith Variations.

Mozart she plays with great authority and conviction. To try to place her style more precisely I got out another recent Decca contender, Andras Schiff, in K475 and K457. From him the composer emerges a bit younger, more mercurial, more vulnerable, whereas she seems to see this C minor drama through Beethoven's sturdier eyes.
Read more Her opening movement sounds less fleet, and her faster tempo for the central Adagio elicits unusually rich cantabile.

The outstanding performance for me is nevertheless Bach's Chaconne. Firm rhythmic underpinning is perhaps its basic source of strength. But the sumptuous tone she brings to it without any loss of textural clarity, coupled with her intimate response to its spiritual confidences no less than its grander gestures, and all with so sure a view of its overall architectural shape, somehow doubled my respect for Busoni as much as Bach. The recording (made in London's Henry Wood Hall) is closer and more full-bodied than what I'd call the usual Decca "house" sound, but it's somehow right for this warm-hearted artist.

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [9/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1. Chaconne for Piano in D minor (after Bach, BWV 1004), K B24 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1897 
2. Suite for Harpsichord in E major, HWV 430 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
3. Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
4. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C minor, K 457 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 

Featured Sound Samples

Harpsichord Suite no 5, HWV 430 (Handel): IV. Air and Variations "The Harmonious Blacksmith"
Violin Partita no 2 (Bach): V. Chaconne

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