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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The two sonatas on this recording, products of Mozart’s early period, should be compared not only with his early concertos, violin sonatas, and trios, but also with the solo sonatas of his most illustrious predecessors and contemporaries, J. S. Bach’s two sons, Carl Philipp Emmanuel and Johann Christian, and also Joseph Haydn. The solo piano works of all these masters and of young Mozart are intimate, perhaps introverted, discreetly colored in a pastel-like manner, and improvisatory in style rather than strictly thematic. The piano as a solo instrument was the last musical medium to reach full classicism. The small piano for which the early works were written differed from the “grand” used for concertos in that its tone carried fully only
in the home. Mozart used his early sonatas mostly for private recitals at the houses of people who were anxious to hear him or for whom he was anxious to play – especially during his trips to German cities and Paris. The writing is much more brilliant than that of Haydn’s and J.C. Bach’s sonatas, for Mozart was a full-fledged pianist. Still there is none of the sparkling passage work here of the kind associated with his chamber works and concertos and the pianistic effects are subordinated to the special style of these pieces. Consequently, they were underrated by the general public for a long time. Today in our constant search for purity and intimacy in music, we begin to appreciate their delicate lyricism and to do justice to these fragile masterpieces.
-- Konrad Wolff
Excerpt from album liner notes
Works on This Recording
Featured Sound Samples
Piano Sonata no 4: III. Allegro
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