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Mozart: Sonatas for Piano
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2005
On paper these sonatas look relatively straightforward for a modestly competent pianist such as myself, but great Mozart playing is the highest level of attainment. Lately he's been returning to Mozart. As with his exquisite Haydn Sonata performances, Brendel's approach is deceptively simple but it belies great artistry. These Mozart performances are intimate, classical, spontaneous and deeply satisfying. He employs no pianistic tricks or interpretive quirks, just gives us the music as close to Mozart's scores as possible. I've loved these sonatas for many years and listened to a fair few performances, and I can't but recommend this disc with the greatest enthusiasm.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2001
Mozart's piano sonatas are not as well known as they should be. They are perfect examples of classical form combined with extreme inwardness of emotion. For me, Brendel is the supreme Mozart interpreter, catching all the poetry in this music. The 3 sonatas on this disc are a good introduction to Mozart's middle and late styles. The sound quality is excellent. Is Brendel the ghost of Mozart?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2014
There are many reasons to visit Australia. Volcanoes ain't one of them. There are a handful of dormant specimens in Western Victoria; they're an underwhelming experience. Even at their most spiteful, were they ever worthy of such a classification?

These glorified ant-hills come to mind when I survey Brendel's recordings of Mozart, made in the last decade of his career. Equally, he channels nothing. There's no fire or seismic activity. It is the triumph of weathered reason over Otherness. Was the contrary ever true? And his dynamic range is ever so narrow - the bass is house-trained like a spaded pooch. I am not asking for these sonatas to be played like Unstern! Sinistre, Disastro or Nuages gris - but there is something luminous and celestial in these creations which is defiant of mere rationality.

Santa Fe Listener, in his review of Anderszewski's Schumann, speaks of the near violence of Horowitz and Richter at the keyboard - such was the despotism of their respective daemons. Listen to Horowitz's recording of Haydn's 49th Piano Sonatas, made in the days before his death - and the slow movement in particular: that's escape-velocity from the passing spectacle of material things (Vladimir Horowitz:The Last Recording (K2HD Master)). Insofar as he had the wherewithal to do so, Brendel would've been better served if he had followed suit and, in homage to Liszt, destroyed pianos wantonly. Yes, even in Mozart.

Without a vision, the pianist perishes.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2007
I am not in any way disappointed with the music or the quality of playing; in fact this is a very pleasant recording to listen to, with one problem ... some of the music has been recorded live (I could find no mention of this in the advertising for it), so Mozart's great music comes with the addition of coughing and other spluttering; not so much appreciated! I will look for another disc with this music on, without the extra noises.
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