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Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol. 4 / Bezuidenhout

Mozart / Bezuidenhout
Release Date: 01/08/2013 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907528   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Kristian Bezuidenhout
Number of Discs: 1 
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MOZART Fantasia in d, K 397. Sonata in D, K 311. Prelude and Fugue in C, K 394. Variations on Je suis Lindor in E?, K 354. Sonata in G, K 283. Fantasia in d, K 397 Kristian Bezuidenhout (fp) Read more class="BULLET12"> • HARMONIA MUNDI 907528 (71:26)


It was either Mozart or Beethoven who wrote in a letter that, when hearing a few new fortepianos, he felt they sounded more like harps than pianos. Perhaps one of our “serious record collectors” will be good enough to tell us the composer of that letter and its recipient.


The fortepiano of this disc seems to be far more advanced than the ones complained about, but I still wager that Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt would fall down and kiss the feet of Henry Steinway for adding such great dimension to the instrument! Still, the dimensions of this particular instrument are expansive enough not to need the help of recording engineers, who have set these aristocratic performances awash in reverberation. One has the feeling that he is in a bowling alley rather than an 18th-century salon.


Kristian Bezuidenhout’s elegant readings are reminiscent of the great Paul Badura-Skoda. He displays the height of intelligence, sensitivity, imagination, and style. If sounds were objects we would be looking at a brightly lit chandelier, with the facets sharply cut, smooth, and crystal clear. The depth of the playing seems as incidental and inevitable as the depth of the compositions.


FANFARE: Raymond Beegle
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Works on This Recording

1.
Variations (12) for Piano in G major on "Je suis Lindor", K 354 (299a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in G major, K 283 (189h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
3.
Prelude and Fugue for Piano in C major, K 394 (383a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Fantasia for Piano in D minor, K 397 (385g) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 

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