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5.0 out of 5 stars A Joyful Bargain!, 16 May 2012
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This review is from: Mozart: The Complete Piano Sonatas (MP3 Download)
A genuine bargain here: recorded in rich, but not over-reverberant sound, these performances have bags of personality and Carmen Piazzini resplendently communicates her enjoyment of this superb Music. Tempi are very well chosen, allowing vigour and pathos to come from the Music as appropriate, although others might share my opinion that the most famous movement in all these works - the "Rondo alla Turka" is a little too slow for Mozart's "Allegretto" marking. All Exposition repeats in First Movements are observed, but in slow movements only when there is a "1o/2da" marking.

A modern piano is used, but Piazzini is careful with dynamic contrasts - in the early Sonatas, she keeps within a range of forte to piano, reflecting the limited dynamic range of the early pianos for which the works were written. For the later works, she expands the range as the Music requires.

Above all, though, these performances are such a pleasure to hear: genial, vigorous and touching by turns, they sparkle throughout: just sample track 37 (the First Movement of the Bb major Sonata) - you'll want it to carry on after the 30-second limit, so infectious is the Music-making. It's all like that!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lively playing, good sound, fine music, 15 Jan 2011
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This is a great little collection of well-written piano music. The playing is bright & awake & committed (not like some 'Complete...' collections, which just go through the motions as an academic exercise). The sound (both the piano & its recording) is excellent - clear, good bass, up to the best modern standards. The piano sonatas aren't at the heart of Mozart's work (that would probably be the operas or concertos), but they're certainly very competent pieces, and (as always with Mozart) often ingenious, filled with twists-&-turns which make you smile. Well worth the asking price. Certainly, I'll be playing these tracks for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Mozart, 7 Mar 2014
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B. Fields (Leics, England) - See all my reviews
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Good clear sound. One can feel the character of the playful, tuneful and inventive Mozart coming through. The single instrument -piano - allows you to hear every note. It's obvious that Ms. Piazzini loves the music, as do I. She plays with affection but not affected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product., 6 Mar 2013
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Excellent value for money.

For those like me who are not experts in western classical music this set is a blessing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why Now?, 26 Jan 2013
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Can't imagine why someone could not find this a bargain- great music and brilliant performances. Maybe a tad quiet but that's nitpicking.
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