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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Mozart
  • Audio CD (22 Aug. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B005910E06
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sonata No. 1 in C, K279
  2. Sonata No. 2 in F, K280
  3. Sonata No. 3 in B Flat, K281
  4. Sonata No. 4 in E Flat, K282
  5. Sonata No. 5 in G, K283

Disc: 2

  1. Sonata No. 6 in D, K284
  2. Sonata No. 7 in C, K309
  3. Sonata No. 9 in a Minor, K310
  4. Rondo in D, K485

Disc: 3

  1. Sonata No. 8 in D, K311
  2. Sonata No. 10 in C, K330
  3. Sonata No. 11 in A, K331
  4. Rondo in a Minor, K511

Disc: 4

  1. Sonata No. 12 in F, K332
  2. Sonata No. 13 in B Flat, K333
  3. Fantasia in C Minor, K475
  4. Sonata No. 14 in C Minor, K457

Disc: 5

  1. Sonata No. 15 in F, K533 and K494
  2. Sonata No. 16 in C, K545
  3. Sonata No. 17 in B Flat, K570
  4. Sonata No. 18 in D, K576
  5. Fantasia in D Minor, K397

Product Description

The Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires has long been associated with the music of Mozart. Her delicacy of touch, vibrancy of phrasing and sense of fantasy mark her out as one of the elect who can touch his keyboard music without coarsening or simplifying it. She has made two complete cycles of the sonatas; reissued here is the first one, from the days in the 1970s when she first appeared on the international scene and won over listeners with a graceful purity of approach that left more famous names trailing in her wake (specifically, transcripts from the Denon recordings at Lino Hall, Tokyo in 1974). The later cycle brought added refinement, but anyone who is captivated by this still undervalued corpus too difficult for beginners, yet scorned by many professionals in search of gaudier glories, will want to hear this set.

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One of the earliest DDD recordings in existence, this five CD set of recordings which originally appeared on Denon, is the latest and cheapest incarnation of Maria João Pires' recordings made in 1974 for Nippon Columbia when she was not yet thirty and in the plenitude of her youthful powers: fresh, artless, technically flawless and wholly, selflessly dedicated to the advocacy of some of Mozart's happiest inventions.

The extraordinary thing about these recordings is that the Brilliant producers have never seen any need to remaster them and they are right. There is none of the edge or glassiness often associated with early digital technology: the sound is warm, rich and full despite its 37 years. My only observation regarding the clarity of the sonics is that occasionally I would like a little more weight and definition in the left hand, but whether that is due to interpretative or recording choices, I cannot say.

I recently spent some time becoming acquainted with the Mozart Sonatas as played by Walter Klien, who strikes me as a similarly unselfconscious artist who placed delicacy, freshness and charm above the desire to stamp his personality upon the music. I do not necessarily always want to hear Beethoven played in this refined, non-interventionist manner - but Beethoven is not Mozart, whose music responds to Pires' simplicity of utterance. Having said that, both artists can make very different choices of tempi, as in the most famous music in the set, the "Alla Turca" from K331 where Klien's playful impetuousness contrasts markedly with Pires' wistful poise. He hurtles through it at 3:07 while she takes literally half as long again.
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The recording may be old but it is very good and clear. Maria Joao Pires is an excellent pianist so a complete set of Mozart Sonatas for £15 has to be a bargain.
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Sheer joy at listening to these. A revelation
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This reprint of recordings DENON of 1985 does not have the same audio quality of originates them. I would not repurchase it.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegance, grace and complete technical security 25 Sept. 2011
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of the earliest DDD recordings in existence, this five CD set of recordings which originally appeared on Denon, is the latest and cheapest incarnation of Maria João Pires' recordings made in 1974 for Nippon Columbia when she was not yet thirty and in the plenitude of her youthful powers: fresh, artless, technically flawless and wholly, selflessly dedicated to the advocacy of some of Mozart's happiest inventions.

The extraordinary thing about these recordings is that the Brilliant producers have never seen any need to remaster them and they are right. There is none of the edge or glassiness often associated with early digital technology: the sound is warm, rich and full despite its 37 years. My only observation regarding the clarity of the sonics is that occasionally I would like a little more weight and definition in the left hand, but whether that is due to interpretative or recording choices, I cannot say.

I recently spent some time becoming acquainted with the Mozart Sonatas as played by Walter Klien, who strikes me as a similarly unselfconscious artist who placed delicacy, freshness and charm above the desire to stamp his personality upon the music. I do not necessarily always want to hear Beethoven played in this refined, non-interventionist manner - but Beethoven is not Mozart, whose music responds to Pires' simplicity of utterance. Having said that, both artists can make very different choices of tempi, as in the most famous music in the set, the "Alla Turca" from K331 where Klien's playful impetuousness contrasts markedly with Pires' wistful poise. He hurtles through it at 3:07 while she takes literally half as long again. Both seems to work but perhaps a more revealing comparison may be made between their accounts of K 570, a more mature work redolent of Mozart's later, more profound style. To me, Pires captures somewhat more of the gentle, sighing melancholy of the Adagio; she is surprisingly free with her use of pauses and rubato and seems to make the silences sing - yet I still love the serenity of Klien's steadier pulse. Pires is similarly free with the tempi in the Adagio of K 576 and achieves a hesitant intimacy which Klien eschews in favour a more flowing melodiousness which is more andante than adagio. Again, both approaches work so well that I do not express a preference.

"Gramophone" reviews of Pires' Mozart over the years have been uniformly lukewarm; I appreciate that not everyone responds to the delicacy and grace of her interpretations and can see how more impetus and thrust might be desired but I hear no lack of tension at moments such as minor key recapitulation in the Allegro maestoso of K310.

If you do like her style, this super-bargain set in an attractive clamshell box with good notes represents a great bargain.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice 20 Sept. 2011
By L. Topper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Pires plays with grace and style. She is clearly comfortable with her interpretations of these sonatas. I believe that this is her first set of Mozart sonatas. I believe that she was approximately 40 years of age. She certainly would be in a position to give us a mature interpretation.

The sound recordings were done by Denon of Japan. The piano is very nice. The recording has no significant resonance. The recording is well worth having--particularly at the very reasonable price.

Having said all the above, I cannot say that the interpretation is revelatory. It is not so unique that you might remember it above some of the other wonderful interpretations like Kraus and Arrau.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... the LP on this from DENON and its simply great! For me the CD is a welcome fallback ... 31 Aug. 2014
By Thomas Sidler - Published on Amazon.com
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I already have got the LP on this from DENON and its simply great! For me the CD is a welcome fallback as LP s have for sure a shorter livecylcle as CDs as I have experienced shortly before I have ordered the collection in question.
1 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars summary 20 Feb. 2014
By Gino - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a five CD package. Only four discs were rereived. CD #2 was missing, replaced by a blank space.
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