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Mozart: Piano Sonatas; Fantasias; Haydn: Andante con variazioni; Piano Concerto in D major

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine, January 1981 (KV 282, 310)
It is not easy to make Mozart's earlier sonatas sound more than accomplished and fluent, but this great Spanish artist brings out all the tenderness and humanity of this unpretentious little work [KV 282]; and she plays the great A minor with a sense of commitment and understanding that is far more telling than the stormy, melodramatic approach adopted by many lesser pianists.

Gramophone Magazine, March 1979 (KV 332, 545, 576)
Effortless ... this doyenne of Spanish pianists knows how to tap the lyrical source to so much of Mozart's invention and how to sing like a nightingale. She invites us to listen; but her tone of voice is never over-insistent. ... All credit to Decca for the warm and lifelike sound.

Gramophone Magazine, September 1987 (KV 457, 475)
Larrocha plays the Mozart sonatas with great authority and conviction ... she seems to see this C minor drama through Beethoven's sturdy eyes.

Gramophone Magazine
De Larrocha's 1970s Mozart sonatas for Decca are always elegant, at times sparkling, only occasionally gripping. Pleasant pastel shades dominate, with limited drama and inward poetry.

Gramophone Magazine, April 1975 (KV 331, 475, 485)
Refreshing ... what a lovely Mozartian touch she has - each individual note glistens ... each one of the variations [in KV 331] is very keenly characterized ... Good marks to the engineers for such limpid tonal reproduction.

Gramophone Magazine, December 1976 (KV 311, 330, 397, Haydn Variations)
Played with grace and refinement [Haydn Variations] ... considerable warmth of feeling is apparent.



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