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Mozart: Piano Sonatas / Pienaar

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  1. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major, K. 279: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major, K. 279: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major, K. 279: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 2 in F Major, K. 280: I. Allegro assai $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 2 in F Major, K. 280: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 2 in F Major, K. 280: III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 3 in B-Flat Major, K. 281: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 3 in B-Flat Major, K. 281: II. Andante amoroso $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 3 in B-Flat Major, K. 281: III. Rondeau. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, K. 282: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, K. 282: II. Menuetto I - Menuetto II - Menuetto I $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, K. 282: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 5 in G Major, K. 283: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 5 in G Major, K. 283: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 5 in G Major, K. 283: III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 6 in D Major, K. 284 "Dürnitz": I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 6 in D Major, K. 284 "Dürnitz": II. Rondeau en polonaise $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 6 in D Major, K. 284 "Dürnitz": III. Tema con variazione
  19. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 7 in C Major, K. 309: I. Allegro con spirito $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 7 in C Major, K. 309: II. Andante un poco Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 7 in C Major, K. 309: III. Rondeau. Allegretto grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 8 in D Major, K. 311: I. Allegro con spirito $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 8 in D Major, K. 311: II. Andante con espressione $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 8 in D Major, K. 311: III. Rondeau. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 9 in A Minor, K. 310: I. Allegro maestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 9 in A Minor, K. 310: II. Andante cantabile con espressione $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 9 in A Minor, K. 310: III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330: I. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330: II. Andante cantabile $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330: III. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331: I. Andante grazioso
  32. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331: II. Menuetto & Trio $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331: III. Rondo "Alla turca", Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K. 332: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K. 332: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K. 332: III. Allegro assai $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-Flat Major, K. 333: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-Flat Major, K. 333: II. Andante cantabile $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-Flat Major, K. 333: III. Allegretto grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Mozart — Fantasie in C Minor, K. 475
  41. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Minor, K. 457: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Minor, K. 457: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Minor, K. 457: III. Molto allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K. 533/494: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K. 533/494: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  46. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K. 533/494: III. Rondo. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  47. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K. 545 "Für Änfänger": I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  48. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K. 545 "Für Änfänger": II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  49. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K. 545 "Für Änfänger": III. Rondo $0.99 on iTunes
  50. Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 17 in B-Flat Major, K. 570: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 1 in C major, K. 279 (K. 189d)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 2 in F major, K. 280 (K. 189e)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B flat major, K. 281 (K.189f)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, K 282 (189g)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 5 in G major, K. 283 (K. 189h)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 6 in D major, K. 284 (K. 205b)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 7 in C major, K 309 (284b)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 9 in D major, K. 311 (K. 284c)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 8 in A minor, K 310 (300d)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Piano Sonata, K. 332
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K. 333 (K. 315c)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C minor, K 457
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano in F major, K. 533/494
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 16 in B flat major, K. 570
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D major ("Trumpet", "Hunt"), K. 576
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

South African-born London resident Daniel-Ben Pienaar is a completist. Recent surveys, both on the concert platform and in the recording studio, include Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Chopin's Complete Waltzes, Schubert's Complete Sonatas, and the complete keyboard works by Orlando Gibbons. He arrives on Avie with another major project in tow: Mozart's complete Piano Sonatas. An active recitalist and chamber musician, Pienaar has a number of critically acclaimed independent releases under his belt, but this recording represents and uncommon synergy between artist, repertoire, and production values. In Gramophone Award-winning producer Jonathan Freeman-Atwood, Pienaar found a special simpatico that was "profoundly enabling," resulting in a creative recording process specific in relation to the music in hand.

Pienaar presents the works chronologically over five CDs, illustrating the compositional trajectory that represents all of the major stylistic and emotional shifts in Mozart's mature career. The earliest dates from his twentieth year, through his Viennese period, and the final works were written towards the end of his all-too-brief life.

"Daniel-Ben Pienaar's performances are quite simply stunning. The instrument he plays matters much less than his musicianship, which is evident at every turn." - Gramophone

"Daniel-Ben Pienaar couldn't have begun better, not by playing but by saying, "It is inescapable that a performance practice for these works that engages the instrument's full expressive potential needs to look beyond easy categories of 'authentic', or 'modern' or 'historically informed'". Quite - but that's not all, so do read his booklet-note first.

One factor strikes immediately: there is not a whiff of bygone reverential, even obsequious attitudes to Mozart that still cast faint shadows among some pianists. Pienaar is therefore "modern" in his discernment of the music. But - how about this for a 19th-century throwback? - Pienaar de synchronises his hands, though selectively so.

Effects are clear in, for example, the Fantasia, K475. The fractional hiatus between left and right underpins the harmony in the first and third bars; and a similar hiatus in the D major section (2'25") lends added expression to its contrasting calmness. The staggered articulation is no mere anachronism. It becomes a subtle aspect of a range of expression Pienaar uses to penetrate music "very rich in activity, rich in personality and topoi". Point and purpose explained. And totally disdained is "the facile stereotype of Mozart as the epitome of elegance".

Of the utmost importance in conveying convictions is Pienaar's strong, independent left hand. It tightens harmonic tension and supports rather than accompanies treble lines. Be it high drama or lyrical contemplation, Pienaar scans phrases with a fluidity that releases the music from rhythmic inertia. Ignore the odd insignificant pianistic smudge, because keyboard prowess is formidable. But as his performance of the Alla turca Sonata, K331, shows, technique isn't allowed to edge ahead of emotional and intellectual depth. A much-mistreated piece emerges in a different light. Pienaar pays attention to the oft-forgotten grazioso element in the first movement, eschews metrical stiffness in the Minuet, yields to the Trio's distinctive flow and refuses to turn the March into a janissary bash. Extend such thoughtful, profound probity to the whole set and you have interpretations where within the letter critically observed, a numinous potency breaks free. Momentous Mozart." -Gramophone

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK (08/2008/09/2009).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 1 in C major, K. 279 (K. 189d)
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 2 in F major, K. 280 (K. 189e)
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B flat major, K. 281 (K.189f)
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, K 282 (189g)
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 5 in G major, K. 283 (K. 189h)
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 6 in D major, K. 284 (K. 205b)
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK (09/09/2009/09/14/2009)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 7 in C major, K 309 (284b)
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK (09/09/2009/09/14/2009)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1777

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 9 in D major, K. 311 (K. 284c)
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK (09/09/2009/09/14/2009)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1777

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 8 in A minor, K 310 (300d)
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK (09/09/2009/09/14/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1778

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h)
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK (08/26/2008-08/27/2008)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i)
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK (08/26/2008-08/27/2008)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Piano Sonata, K. 332
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK (08/26/2008-08/27/2008)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K. 333 (K. 315c)
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK (08/26/2008-08/27/2008)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK (08/27/2008-08/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C minor, K 457
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK (08/27/2008-08/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1784

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano in F major, K. 533/494
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK (08/27/2008-08/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1788

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK (08/26/2008-08/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1788

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 16 in B flat major, K. 570
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK (08/26/2008-08/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D major ("Trumpet", "Hunt"), K. 576
  • Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK (08/26/2008-08/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789