LL 529 Piano Sonatas
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Released on 1952
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F ar be it from me to dismiss the early Sonatas of Mozart--oh, no, wait a minute, there it is under a stack of papers. (Sorry, I thought Iíd left it somewhere else.) The later Sonatas, well, I like nearly everything by the mature Mozart so theyíre just fine. The Sonata in C Minor is better than fine; itís a classic. So classic, in fact, that Iím pretty sure a bastardized version of the Allegro is programmed into one of Gabeís baby toys. (Somebody, somewhere, is brainwashing our children to like Mozartís sonatas, and Iím totally cool with that.) Before I get into a review of this record, the usual warning: itís old, so be nice to it. Fast approaching its 60th anniversary, this London recording has lost most of its fidelity (maybe if someone had been more faithful about cleaning it with a barely damp clothÖ). Mozartís sonatas rest, for the most part, deservedly neglected in the shadows of his concertos, symphonies and operas. Unlike Beethoven or Schubert, Mozartís piano sonatas were brief (usually around 15 minutes), light and designed either for instruction or entertainment. The Sonata in C Minor, in fact, was designed as a teaching piece, though today itís better known for its opening melody. The Sonata in B Flat, while not nearly as well known, shares the emotional depth of Mozartís later works and features a moving ďAdagaio.Ē The two early Sonatas, written when Mozart was around 17 or 18 years old, are imitative and easily forgotten in favor of longer works by lesser artists. I own a lot of Mozart records that I hardly dust off (or clean with a barely damp cloth) anymore, this being one of them. You can buy the complete set of piano sonatas for around $40 on disc, so Iíd go that route if youíre interested in hearing them, but itís sonata gonna change your world if you miss them.

TRACK LISTING

  1. SONATA IN B FLAT, K.281
      a. Allegro moderato
      b. Andante amoroso, E flat major
      c. Allegro
  2. SONATA IN B FLAT, K.570
      a. Allegro
      b. Adagio in E flat
      c. Allegretto
  3. SONATA IN G MAJOR, K.283
      a. Allegro
      b. Andante, in C
      c. Presto
  4. SONATA IN C MINOR, K.545
      a. Allegro
      b. Andante
      c. Rondo

CREDITS

JACQUELINE BLANCARD -- piano
Max Kenyon -- liner notes

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US 1952 London LPm LL 529 mono recording

 

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