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W.A. Mozart: Sonatas for Four Hands / Kuijken Duo

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for 2 Pianos in D major, K 448 (375a)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for piano, 4 hands in F major, K. 497
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for piano, 4 hands in C major, K. 521
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Notes & Reviews:

Marie and Veronica Kuijken play historical pianofortes for this recording of Mozart four-hand pieces. The instrument dictates, so to speak, what can and cannot be done; as its touch is much lighter than that of a modern piano, it is also much easier to gracefully play the virtuosic fast passages. The Kuijken sisters explore the limits of the pianoforte, both literally and regarding sound volume. A splendid, deeply musical, and refined recording!

"They play paired modern copies of an instrument by the German builder Andreas Stein: not the usual choice for Mozart's Vienna period, but a sound he was known to have liked. And they get excellent results. The volume top end of this fortepiano (not conventionally "pianoforte" as the credits state) is not big, but the instruments are agile in fast passagework and, more important, capable of an exceptional variety of textures and attacks. The players exploit these beautifully, often creating almost orchestral effects... A really fresh Mozart recording, strongly recommended." -All Music Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium (12/14/2009-12/16/2009).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for 2 Pianos in D major, K 448 (375a)
  • Notes: Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1781

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for piano, 4 hands in F major, K. 497
  • Notes: Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for piano, 4 hands in C major, K. 521
  • Notes: Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium (12/14/2009-12/16/2009)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787