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Shehori Plays Mozart


Release Date: 05/26/2009 
Label:  Cembal D'amour   Catalog #: 141   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mordecai Shehori
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mordecai Shehori’s tempo and articulation in the B flat major Sonata are indices of his judicious, textually aware and mature appreciation of Mozart’s demands. At a tempo that is cohered with considered skill, with instincts that apply rubati with perceptive discipline, and with a crisp and tonally congruent auditory sense, we are assured of an exemplary traversal. His slow movement attests to a sure but unostentatious cultivation of colour, to phrasing that is natural, pliant - but not indulgent - and with a finely judged transition to the B section. His Read more articulation in the finale is crisp, and with a healthy extroversion to it.
 
The attractive qualities of the music-making are enhanced by Shehori’s examination of the Urtexts of these works. Shehori’s principal bête noir is the indiscriminate and automatic use of staccati the better to imitate a fortepiano. His priority is to stress the singing quality of Mozart’s inspiration, the vocalised impress of so much of the writing. These are some of the underlying principles at work in Shehori’s playing - his booklet notes go into some detail as to his precepts and his position on the matter and are well worth reading.
 
Putting precepts into practice is something at which he is rather good. The companion sonata is the C minor K457 and he again brings to it notable qualities. He is more pliant than some in the opening, less chordally emphatic, and not as overtly dramatic. Instead he cultivates a perceptive balance between the overt and the measured, reserving a greater weight and strata of depth for the slow movement, which he vests with considerable intimacy and allure.
 
As well as these profound human and singing qualities, one finds that throughout Shehori’s sense of the masculine and feminine elements in the music-making are held in equipoise. So, to take the C minor Fantasie as an example, he resists the temptation to assert the music’s rhetorical aspects in favour of the subtle deployment of colour and appropriate dynamics. He doesn’t lash out, but controls with eloquence and calibration. Indeed throughout he plays with fine discrimination, though never at the expense of genuinely extrovert dynamism.
 
This fine selection also shows a well balanced programmatic mind at work with three works in C minor, including the grandly played Fantasie in C Minor, K 396, at its heart. Finely recorded into the bargain as well.
 
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International   Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasia for Piano in C minor, K 396 (385f) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mordecai Shehori (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Rondo for Piano no 3 in A minor, K 511 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mordecai Shehori (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Gigue for Keyboard in G major, K 574 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mordecai Shehori (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 17 in B flat major, K 570 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mordecai Shehori (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C minor, K 457 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mordecai Shehori (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 

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