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Mozart: Piano Sonatas K 330, K 570, K 576 / Boyan Vodenitcharov


Release Date: 08/12/2008 
Label:  Fuga Libera   Catalog #: 538   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Boyan Vodenicharov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Piano Sonatas: in C , K 330; in B? , K 570; in D, K 576, “Hunt.” Adagio in b, K 540 Boyan Vodenitcharov (fp) FUGA LIBERA 538 (63: 28)


Boyan Vodenitcharov sounds like an interesting man. He composes (one of his pieces is Read more style="font-style:italic">Six Songs for Dead Leaves ), he improvises with jazz musicians, and, according to his own testimony, before making this Mozart record, he beat his head against a cathedral wall. I believe the beating was symbolic. The problem with playing Mozart, he found, was to avoid approaching the composer as a sacred object. The somewhat mysterious solution for Vodenitcharov was to switch from the modern piano to the fortepiano. He was astonished, he says, to discover that when he studied 18th-century performance practices, the supposed limitations of the fortepiano seemed to give way: “[T]hey become generous, they give us a tremendous amount of freedom.” I mention these things because there is something generous in his playing here. If the first recordings I heard on fortepiano more than four decades ago sounded cramped, Vodenitcharov sounds like he is playing with confidence, and with a certain pleasing and unaffected expansiveness. We hear that particularly in the slow movements, where the pianist varies his touch masterfully, playing in a clipped style, with power, and then in a sweet legato, all as the music seems to demand. Of course, the sound isn’t as powerful on his instrument as even someone like Christoph Eschenbach (to say nothing of Richter or Uchida) plays Mozart on modern piano. But the subtlety of the dynamics make a little emphasis go a long way. I find this recording colorful, appealing, and lovely in many ways, including in the recorded sound.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Adagio for Piano in B minor, K 540 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Boyan Vodenicharov (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Boyan Vodenicharov (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 17 in B flat major, K 570 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Boyan Vodenicharov (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 18 in D major, K 576 "Hunt" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Boyan Vodenicharov (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330: II. Andante cantabile
Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330: III. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat major, K. 570: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat major, K. 570: II. Adagio
Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat major, K. 570: III. Allegretto
Adagio in B minor, K. 540
Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K. 576: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K. 576: II. Adagio
Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K. 576: III. Allegretto

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