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Mozart : Piano Sonatas Nos 10 & 11 & 12 / Ogawa

Mozart / Ogawa
Release Date: 12/18/2012 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1985  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Noriko Ogawa
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Piano Sonatas: No. 10 in C, K 330; No. 11 in A, K 331; No. 12 in F, K 332 Noriko Ogawa (pn) BIS 1985 (SACD: 76: 00)


Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa has appeared in these pages several times in repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Takemitsu. This, however, is her first foray on disc into Mozart. I suppose there’s a degree of pertinence to Ogawa’s Read more selection of these three sonatas for her Mozart debut, since it’s now believed that they were the first piano sonatas Mozart composed after his permanent move to Vienna in 1781. Some older sources, however, still suggest the late 1770s and Salzburg or even Paris as the time and place of their composition. The middle sonata of the set, No. 11, popularly known as “Alla Turca” for its last movement’s “Turkish”-themed Rondo, is the most unusual of the three works, not because of the Rondo but because the sonata is homotonal—i.e., all three movements are in either A Major or A Minor, thus having the same tonic. If you prefer hearing these pieces on a modern Steinway grand—and I do—it’s hard to imagine them being played any more sensitively, charmingly, expressively, and stylishly than they are here by Noriko Ogawa. The combination of BIS’s crystalline recording and Ogawa’s exceptionally limpid touch and pellucid tone makes this a winning entry in the Mozart piano sonata catalog. Recommended to all Mozart lovers, except those who are unalterably opposed to hearing this music played on anything other than a period fortepiano.


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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano no 12 in F major, K 332 (300k) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
2. Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
3. Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783 

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. 11 in A major, K. 331: I. Theme and Variations: Andante grazioso
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331: II. Menuetto
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331: III. Alla turca: Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332: II. Adagio
Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332: III. Allegro assai

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