Notes and Editorial Reviews
*** This title is a reissue of a Japanese release with liner notes in Japanese. ***
Wanda Landowska's reputation as a harpsichordist obscures her considerable achievements as a pianist, especially in regard to these extraordinary Mozart recordings, made at her Lakeville, Connecticut home in 1956. The sound is on the dry side, and Landowska's reposeful, intimately scaled readings rarely exceed mezzo-forte. Yet her seemingly infinite gradations of shading and touch, her immaculate control and timing, plus her well-considered and expressive embellishments (try the K. 333 sonata first movement's exposition for a few elaborate surprises) add up to a master class in style from which many of today's historic-minded
interpreters can learn and benefit.
A singing impulse consistently governs Landowska's liquid trills, proportioned rubatos, and finely tuned balances between the hands that ensure no dead spots. She arpeggiates chords with the utmost specificity, abetted by a masterful and sophisticated finger legato technique. As a result, she employs the sustain pedal sparingly and tellingly. Although these performances were reissued on CD only by RCA Japan, they now gain a welcome lease on life courtesy of Arkivmusic.com's "on demand" reprint program. Notes are in Japanese only.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
Ländler (6), K 606 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 1955-1956
Notes: Arranger: Landowska.
Featured Sound Samples
Piano Sonata no 4: I. Adagio
Piano Sonata no 13: III. Allegretto grazioso
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