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Sonates - K.333, K.282 & K.330

Ludwig Sémerjian

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When performing the piano music of Mozart these days, a fundamental question inevitably arises: Should we use a modern piano or an instrument from the time of the composer? Naturally, an 18th century fortepiano provides a more realistic impression of the musical sounds of Mozart's epoch. But the mechanical and tonal perfection of the modern piano greatly surpasses those of the earlier instruments.

Examining the music of Mozart itself does not necessarily help to provide an answer to the question. While the Viennese fortepiano did not undergo major changes during Mozart's lifetime, his manner of writing for the instrument certainly did. His early piano works, with their closely set chords and orchestrally conceived bravura, were eminently suited to the crystalline brilliance of the contemporary fortepianos. In his later works however, Mozart developed a more fluid style, characterized by a new expressive virtuosity with figurations thouroughly pianistic in spirit.

Ludwig Sémerjian

The Instrument - Fortepiano
ohn Broadwood & Sons, 1817.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Sonate en si bémol majeur, K. 333 (Vienne, 1783/84)
Sonata in B flat major K. 333 (Vienna, 1783/84)
Sonate B-Dur KV 333 (Wien, 1783/84)
  1. Allegro       10:06
  2. Andante cantabile       9:38
  3. Rondo: Allegretto grazioso       6:23

Sonate en mi bémol majeur, K. 282 (Salzbourg, 1775)
Sonata in E flat major K. 282 (Salzburg, 1775)
Sonate Es-Dur KV 282 (Salzburg, 1775)
  4. Adagio       6:34
  5. Minuetto I - Minuetto II       4:05
  6. Allegro       2:54

Sonate en do majeur, K. 330 (Vienne, v. 1782)
Sonata in C major K. 330 (Vienna, ca. 1782)
Sonate C-Dur KV 330 (Wien, ca. 1782)
  7. Allegro moderato       5:35
  8. Andante cantabile       6:37
  9. Allegretto       7:22

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