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Maria Joao Pires - Complete DG Solo Recordings [20-CD Set]


Release Date: 07/29/2014 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002093102  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachLudwig van BeethovenFrédéric ChopinWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Maria-Joao PiresPavel GomziakovRicardo Castro
Number of Discs: 20 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

No sooner did Warner Classics release its edition of Maria João Pires’ complete Erato catalog than Deutsche Grammophon issued its own 20-disc collection containing the pianist’s entire solo sessions for the label packaged in original jacket facsimiles. For the most part it’s an impressive body of work that attests to the pianist’s world-class reputation.

Bach’s Partita No. 1, English Suite No. 3, and French Suite No. 3 are contrapuntally clear yet embrace a fuller dynamic range than exemplified by other similarly style-concious pianists. The Partita, in particular, stands out for some unusual articulations (the Praeludium trills) and a near-breakneck Allemande. Regarding Pires’ hit-and-miss DG Beethoven recital (read
Read more review here), I prefer her comparably-detailed yet more direct and invigorating Erato “Moonlight” and Op. 109 sonatas. But her DG Chopin Preludes Op. 28 are bolder and more poetic than the smaller-scaled Erato versions.

I remember hearing Pires’ Chopin Nocturnes for the first time with my late colleague Harris Goldsmith, and he likened her spontaneous touches and dabs of color to the 1950s Guiomar Novaes Nocturne cycle–a fair and accurate assessment. I refer readers to my review about another two-disc Chopin compilation for more specific details, as well as her Schubert D. 845 and D. 960 sonata coupling.

It’s not easy to fuse simplicity and personal poetry, but that’s exactly what Pires does in the Impromptus, Three Klavierstücke, and the Moments Musicaux. The relatively unfamiliar D. 593 Scherzi come to vivid life in Pires’ supple hands, as does the A minor D. 784 sonata’s brilliant, gnarly finale. The latter proves slower and less interesting in Ricardo Castro’s hands, although he and Pires deliver a warmer yet more dramatic F minor Fantasy than her leaner, more tightly-knit Erato collaboration with Hüseyin Sermet.

Pires’ DG Schumann recital offers a Waldszenen that reveals a wider range of nuance, dynamic contrast, and textural interplay in comparison to her relatively chaste Erato traversal. She dispatches the Arabeske in an almost impressionistic manner full of alluring half tints and a strangely rushed second minor-key episode. Faschingsschwank aus Wien’s central movements fare best, but the outer movements would have benefited from firmer rhythmic drive in the manner of Richter and Michelangeli. Pires’ translucent Brahms Op. 117 Intermezzi from a 2013 Wigmore Hall recital fill out the Schumann disc.

By and large, Pires’ complete Mozart sonata cycle for DG conveys higher levels of characterization, specificity of articulation, tonal gradation, and harmonic tension when measured alongside her excellent and similarly conceived 1974 Denon Mozart cycle (available from Brilliant Classics.) To cite one example, our sound clips enable you to compare the sharper detached articulation and additional dynamic hairpins at the outset of Pires’ DG K. 333 B-flat major sonata’s Allegretto grazioso alongside the Denon version.

Pires also observes all written repeats for DG, which sometimes skews a sonata’s overall proportions. For example, the K. 332 F major sonata’s scampering Rondo finale becomes overly long and less succinct in relation to its two preceding movements. Here I prefer Pires’ slightly faster and drier Denon reading. Still, collectors who consider Pires’ Mozart recordings to be the centerpiece of her DG solo catalog won’t get an argument from me. Jessica Duchen’s annotations are informative and admiring without the usual promotional gush. Will Pires’ complete DG chamber and concerto recordings receive big box treatment next?

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
English Suite no 3 in G minor, BWV 808 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 
2.
French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000-01 
Venue:  Granja de Belgais, Portugal 
Length: 15 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000-01 
Venue:  Granja de Belgais, Portugal 
Length: 16 Minutes 39 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000-01 
Venue:  Granja de Belgais, Portugal 
Length: 18 Minutes 48 Secs. 
7.
Fantasie for Piano in F minor/A flat major, B 137/Op. 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal 
Length: 14 Minutes 34 Secs. 
8.
Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9.
Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
10.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/1992 
Venue:  Musica-Théâtre, La Chaux-de-Fonds 
Length: 41 Minutes 8 Secs. 
11.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
12.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1833 
13.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
14.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
15.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 37 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1849; Paris, France 
16.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
17.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
18.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
19.
Nocturne for Piano in E minor, B 19/Op. 72 no 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Poland 
20.
Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830 
21.
Nocturne for Piano in C minor, B 108 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
22.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
23.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
24.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 157/Op. 59 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Paris, France 
25.
Polonaise-fantaisie for Piano in A flat major, B 159/Op. 61 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Poland 
26.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 162/Op. 63 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
27.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
28.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 2 in G minor, B 167 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Paris, France 
29.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 4 in A minor, B 163 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
30.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano), Pavel Gomziakov (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
31.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 4 in F minor, B 168 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Paris, France 
32.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in A minor, K 310 (300d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
33.
Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K 333 (315c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783-1784; Linz, Austria 
34.
Sonata for Piano no 16 in C major, K 545 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
35.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C minor, K 457 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 26 Minutes 11 Secs. 
36.
Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 23 Minutes 40 Secs. 
37.
Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 11 Minutes 59 Secs. 
38.
Fantasia for Piano in D minor, K 397 (385g) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg-Harburg 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
39.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in C major, K 279 (189d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Foundation Auditorium, Lisbon 
Length: 20 Minutes 22 Secs. 
40.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in F major, K 280 (189e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Foundation Auditorium, Lisbon 
Length: 19 Minutes 57 Secs. 
41.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B flat major, K 281 (189f) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Foundation Auditorium, Lisbon 
Length: 20 Minutes 11 Secs. 
42.
Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, K 282 (189g) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Foundation Auditorium, Lisbon 
Length: 14 Minutes 42 Secs. 
43.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in G major, K 283 (189h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Foundation Auditorium, Lisbon 
Length: 18 Minutes 15 Secs. 
44.
Sonata for Piano no 6 in D major, K 284 (205b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Foundation Auditorium, Lisbon 
Length: 30 Minutes 54 Secs. 
45.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in C major, K 309 (284b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Foundation Auditorium, Lisbon 
Length: 22 Minutes 31 Secs. 
46.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in D major, K 311 (284c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Foundation Auditorium, Lisbon 
Length: 19 Minutes 45 Secs. 
47.
Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Foundation Auditorium, Lisbon 
Length: 23 Minutes 51 Secs. 
48.
Sonata for Piano no 12 in F major, K 332 (300k) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Foundation Auditorium, Lisbon 
Length: 24 Minutes 0 Secs. 
49.
Sonata for Piano no 15 in F major, K 533 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Foundation Auditorium, Lisbon 
Length: 26 Minutes 54 Secs. 
50.
Sonata for Piano no 17 in B flat major, K 570 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Foundation Auditorium, Lisbon 
Length: 21 Minutes 3 Secs. 
51.
Sonata for Piano no 18 in D major, K 576 "Hunt" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Gulbenkian Foundation Auditorium, Lisbon 
Length: 16 Minutes 5 Secs. 
52.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
53.
Allegretto for Piano in C minor, D 915 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
54.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
55.
Pieces (3) for Piano, D 946 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
56.
Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 784/Op. 143 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
57.
Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 
58.
Scherzos (2) for Piano, D 593: no 1 in B flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
59.
Scherzos (2) for Piano, D 593: no 2 in D flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
60.
Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
61.
Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 845/Op. 42 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
62.
Fantasy for Piano 4 hands in F minor, D 940/Op. 103 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano), Ricardo Castro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2004 
Venue:  Igreja da Cartuxa, Paco d'Arcos 
Length: 18 Minutes 39 Secs. 
63.
Rondo for Piano 4 hands in A major, D 951 "Grand Rondo" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano), Ricardo Castro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2004 
Venue:  Igreja da Cartuxa, Paco d'Arcos 
Length: 9 Minutes 32 Secs. 
64.
Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819/1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2004 
Venue:  Igreja da Cartuxa, Paco d'Arcos 
Length: 23 Minutes 28 Secs. 
65.
Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 784/Op. 143 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Ricardo Castro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2004 
Venue:  Igreja da Cartuxa, Paco d'Arcos 
Length: 23 Minutes 13 Secs. 
66.
Allegro for Piano 4 hands in A minor, D 947/Op. 144 "Lebensstürme" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano), Ricardo Castro (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/2004 
Venue:  Igreja da Cartuxa, Paco d'Arcos 
Length: 17 Minutes 42 Secs. 
67.
Waldszenen, Op. 82 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1849; Germany 
68.
Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
69.
Romances (3) for Piano, Op. 28 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
70.
Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839-1840; Germany 
71.
Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 

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