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Mozart: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3 - Sonatas nos 6 & 14 / Christian Blackshaw, piano

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 6 in D major, K. 284 (K. 205b)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Piano Sonata, K. 332
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C minor, K 457
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Notes & Reviews:

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, on 25 September 2012.

In the third installment of Christian Blackshaw's complete Mozart Piano Sonatas recorded live at Wigmore Hall, we journey through 14 years of composition exploring five contrasting works filled with emotional outpouring and harmonic invention.

From Sonata No. 6 in D major, written in Munich during a musically fruitful yet financially difficult period, to Sonata No. 14 in C minor, in which Mozart refuses to conform to the formality expected of the genre, this sublime recording demonstrates Christian Blackshaw's captivating sensitivity and incomparable musicianship.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2015
There is created in the listener a sense of unlimited trust in the pianist's interpretative authority - whether in his instinct for relating of tempo choice to shaping of phrases and grading of dynamics, or in his always acutely sensitive, never showy placing of detail...oone of today's most completely accomplished keyboard Mozartians.

CD Review, 25th July 2015
Blackshaw takes his time, looking not for hidden depths but the beauty in the surface of the music, the scales and arpeggios which 'flow like oil' as Mozart was proud to say of his own playing.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2015
Angular or strident sounds are not a part of Christian Blackshaw's technique. Instead a horizontally even line and lucid touch sustain his vision of Mozart.

International Piano, September-October 2015
This is magnificent programming, magnificently delivered.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
I join my colleague Rob Haskins ( Jan/Feb 2014) in his admiration of Blackshaw's Wigmore Hall Mozart performances. I agree with Haskins that Blackshaw is an "ideal interpreter" of Mozart. One believes, listening to Blackshaw's Mozart, that every phrase has been considered with the utmost care. With a quiet intensity, Sonata 6 has an excellent balance of sound and a wonderful singing tone in the second movement. Sonata 14 in C minor has an especially gorgeous slow movement, with adept pedal work. While he practices restraint, he also knows how to summon dramatic power when necessary.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (09/25/2012).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 6 in D major, K. 284 (K. 205b)
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Piano Sonata, K. 332
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 20 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1788

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C minor, K 457
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1784