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'Keys to Mozart' - Mozart: Piano Sonatas K.332, 280, 282 & 331; Fantasie, K.396 et al. / Daria van den Bercken, piano

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Piano Sonata, K. 332
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, K 282 (189g)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasia for Piano in C minor, K 396 (385f)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Gigue for Keyboard in G major, K 574
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : From
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Notes & Reviews:

In her recording of Suites for Keyboard, two-time Debut Audience Award winner Daria van den Bercken approaches Handel's music with an adventurous spirit that invokes the music's joy and lightness. As BBC 3 put it, "Her joy in Handel's ingenuity shines through." The album is a part of a larger, multimedia initiative called Handel at the Piano. Through videos and non-traditional stages and platforms, van den Bercken directly connects her performance to the public. "I want everybody to hear this music, to get to know this music," says the pianist. Online videos give everyone a chance to witness her antics; in one particular stunt, van den Bercken ventures out into the streets of Amsterdam for a literal moving performance. Attached to the back of a car, her piano graces the public with every note she plays as they move about the city, sometimes stopping along the way for passersby to listen. Daria van den Bercken's recording of Handel's Suites for Keyboard is as uplifting and dynamic as van den Bercken's approach to public performance. It is as inviting as the pianist herself, who recently hosted an in-home performance for strangers she had approached in the street. Suites for Keyboard was released in Holland two years ago with great success.

A follow-up to Handel: Suites for Keyboard, Keys to Mozart marks the beginning of Daria van den Bercken's Keys to Mozart project, which also includes unique "talk & play" performances in private and public spaces alike. Through this project she offers audiences access to the core of Mozart's piano works, while presenting her own insights that go beyond the music. The artist prepared two years before entering the studio to record the album, listening to many reference recordings and studying the compositions. Handpicked by Daria herself, the recording team includes Grammy Award®-winning Classical Producer of the Year (1992) Michael Fine, who also recorded Handel: Suites for Keyboard.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2015
I warmed to [den Bercken's] true oasis of calm in both the Adagios from K322 and K282, a pensiveness beyond her formidable focus...here is no Dresden china reduction and if, overall, admiration is qualified, it remains admiration.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (11/03/2014-11/05/2014).



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Piano Sonata, K. 332
  • Performer: Daria van den Bercken (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (11/03/2014-11/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, K 282 (189g)
  • Performer: Daria van den Bercken (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (11/03/2014-11/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasia for Piano in C minor, K 396 (385f)
  • Performer: Daria van den Bercken (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (11/03/2014-11/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1782

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h)
  • Performer: Daria van den Bercken (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (11/03/2014-11/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Gigue for Keyboard in G major, K 574
  • Performer: Daria van den Bercken (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (11/03/2014-11/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : From :: Sonata in F Major K280
  • Performer: Daria van den Bercken (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (11/03/2014-11/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775