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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 

Sound Samples

Variations sur un thème original en ré majeur opus 21 n°1
Sonate en ut majeur K. 330: I. Allegro moderato
Sonate en ut majeur K. 330: II. Andante cantabile
Sonate en ut majeur K. 330: III. Allegretto
Fantaisie en ut mineur K. 396
Adagio en si mineur K. 540
Neuf Variations en ré majeur sur un menuet de Duport K. 573
Sonate en ré majeur K. 576: I. Allegro
Sonate en ré majeur K. 576: II. Adagio
Sonate en ré majeur K. 576: III. Allegretto
Andante en fa majeur K. 616

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