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Mozart: Piano Sonatas Vol. 1 / Christian Blackshaw, piano

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 9 in D major, K. 311 (K. 284c)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 16 in B flat major, K. 570
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 8 in A minor, K 310 (300d)
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, on 6 January 2012

A deeply passionate and sensitive performer, Christian Blackshaw is celebrated for the tremendous emotional depth, great understanding and incomparable musicality of his performances.

He performed the complete Mozart piano sonatas at Wigmore Hall between 2012 and 2013, and this is the first of four concerts recorded for Wigmore Hall Live.

Of these great works, justifiably considered to be at the pinnacle of the solo piano repertoire, Blackshaw says: '...to my mind, the sonatas resemble mini operas, even if conceived for and performed by a solo player... For me, they imbue the spirit with joy, laughter, sadness, contemplation, exhilaration.'

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013
Blackshaw's velvety tone and fluid control of rubato perfectly encapsulates the intimacy and longing of Mozart's cantabile melodies. At the other end of the spectrum, his articulation in the fast outer movements has razor-sharp clarity as well as great energy and exuberance.

Classical Music, November 2013
With playing of great poise and refinement...this first release in a projected series makes the strongest possible impression...Blackshaw's view is affectionately romantic...this is wonderful playing, and the remaining three releases have a great deal to live up to.

Financial Times, 21st September 2013
The luminous tone Blackshaw draws from the keys is a wonder in itself...What these performances convey above all is an intelligence that has lived long enough with Mozart's solo piano music to illuminate it richly for 21st-century ears.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
Within half a minute Blackshaw's mindful yet spontaneous virtuosity, pinpointed sense of character and utterly alive music-making completely disarmed my scepticism...we need Vol. 2.

International Record Review, November 2013
Blackshaw's staccatos are never dry or brittle; he possess a range of non-legato touches, and his real legato is firm yet gentle, or else- when the music requires more intensity- is played very deeply into the key-bed of the instrument.

Sunday Times, 22nd September 2013
One could hardly ask for deeper accounts of the slow movements of these works, or, indeed, a more feeling and tonally immaculate articulation of any part of them.

Sunday Times, 3rd November 2013
Finely shaped, lucid and vital performances.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (01/06/2012).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 1 in C major, K. 279 (K. 189d)
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 2 in F major, K. 280 (K. 189e)
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 9 in D major, K. 311 (K. 284c)
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1777
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 16 in B flat major, K. 570
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 8 in A minor, K 310 (300d)
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1778.
  • Running Time: 23 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1778
  • Studio/Live: Live