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Mozart: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 - Sonatas Nos. 3, 4, 5, 10 & 13 / Christian Blackshaw, piano

Album Summary

>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 10 in C major, K 330 (300h)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K. 333 (K. 315c)
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Notes & Reviews:

Christian Blackshaw's performances of the complete Mozart piano sonatas at Wigmore Hall between 2012 and 2013 received great critical acclaim, and remain cherished memories for the audiences. The second recital, recorded live in May 2012, is now available as a double CD release.

Christian Blackshaw
What glories then are contained in this cycle of works by Mozart? For me, they imbue the spirit with joy, laughter, sadness, contemplation, exhilaration: the challenge always is to give full life to their individual character. For the new listener, what wonderful surprises await. For the well-acquainted listener, how fortunate to return to them eager to be enchanted again.

Sunday Times, 28th September 2014
Simple they might seem on their surface, but Mozart's piano sonatas make demands of poise, control and human insight unlike any other body of work. In the second of what will be a four-volume collection, Christian Blackshaw gives beautifully shaped, sparkling, aching accounts...every little turn full of import.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
The capacity of the modern piano for a horizontally sustained line is largely to the fore, heard through Christian Blackshaw's lucid touch, command of tone through dynamics and tactful use of pedal. His technique is unimpeachable, his concept of the music often gentle, sometimes contemplative, occasionally detached or assertive.

Irish Times, 11th December 2014
It would be hard to find Mozart more soft-spoken and captivating than this.

classicalsource.com, December 2014
Distinguishing lightness of touch, optimum clarity and ideal tempos inform this further batch of five works. One is aware of Blackshaw's deep study of these Sonatas, and his affection and consummate approach, illuminating the music without making points or imposing self, yet there is plenty of character and individual insight to savour... enthusiastically recommended.

Classical Music
Blackshaw's Mozart is an object lesson in clarity: outer movements are articulated with directness and poise, slow movements (sometimes very slow) seemingly painted and sung rather than merely 'played'.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2015
He identifies completely with each work, drawing out the emotional characteristics of individual movements without unwarranted mannerism. As before, Blackshaw works within a deliberately limited dynamic range, but nonetheless exerts a subtle control of timbre and voicing and delights in projecting the sheer inventiveness of Mozart's music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (05/23/2012).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B flat major, K. 281 (K.189f)
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, K 282 (189g)
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 5 in G major, K. 283 (K. 189h)
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h)
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 21 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K. 333 (K. 315c)
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783
  • Studio/Live: Live