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Mozart: Works For Piano / Zhu Xiao-mei

Mozart / Xiao-mei
Release Date: 12/13/2011 
Label:  Mirare   Catalog #: 152  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Zhu Xiao-Mei
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The tonal refinement and elegant articulation characterizing Zhu Xiao-Mei's best Bach recordings gorgeously permeate her interpretations throughout this well-chosen Mozart recital. The opening variation set, based on the tune better known as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", abounds in supple wit and well-judged relationships between tempos from variation to variation. Subtle accents help to bring out the wonderful C major K.330's harmonic twists, although Zhu's bouncy basic tempo for the Finale veers toward the breakneck side.

In an era when ponderous, drawn-out performances of the B minor Adagio with all repeats are the norm, Zhu happily eschews the repeats and plays with nuanced fluidity. She also lets go in the D
Read more minor Fantasia's cadenza-like passages and gives animated shape to the Duport Variations (I especially love her delicate, shimmering touch in the opening theme).

The D major K. 576 Sonata's outer movements boast beautifully controlled dynamic contrasts and varied articulations, while the F major Andante stands out for the high-register chords' clarity and winged lightness, as well as for Zhu's expressive, impeccably-calibrated trills. A lovely disc to which listeners surely will return many times.

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

1. Variations (9) for Piano in D major on a Minuet by Duport, K 573 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Potsdam, Germany 
2. Variations (6) for Piano in F major, K 54 (547b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
3. Variations (12) for Piano in C major on "Ah vous dirai-je maman", K 265 (300e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
4. Sonata for Piano no 18 in D major, K 576 "Hunt" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
5. Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783 
6. Fantasia for Piano in C minor, K 396 (385f) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
7. Andante for Mechanical Organ in F major, K 616 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 

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