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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonatas K.282, 330, 331, 399, 455, 457, 475 & 574 / Andreas Staier, pianoforte

Audio Samples

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Suite for piano in C major (fragment), K. 399 (K. 385i)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Gigue for Keyboard in G major, K 574
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, K 282 (189g)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Variations (10) for Piano in G major on Gluck's "Unser dummer Pöbel meint", K 455
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C minor, K 457
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Piano Sonata, K. 332

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Suite for piano in C major (fragment), K. 399 (K. 385i)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Gigue for Keyboard in G major, K 574
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, K 282 (189g)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Variations (10) for Piano in G major on Gluck's "Unser dummer Pöbel meint", K 455
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C minor, K 457
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Piano Sonata, K. 332
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Notes & Reviews:

Released for the first time in 2003 and 2005, this two-CD set combines two Mozart recordings in which Andreas Staier raises the questions of ornamentation and improvisation with a hefty dose of impishness in his interpretative options (as in 'his' Rondo alla turca!).

ClassicsToday
Behind every Mozart solo piano composition is the human voice, and many interpreters understandably build their interpretations from the melody line down. By contrast, fortepianist Andreas Staier generates rhythmic and dramatic momentum by letting his left hand lead, so to speak. His firm, sharply delineated bass lines in the C minor sonata's outer movements and the E-flat sonata's Allegro finale evoke a symphonic rather than operatic aura that proves far more stimulating than Paul Badura-Skoda's equally rigorous yet less vibrant fortepiano traversals. I also applaud Staier's decision to take the E-flat sonata's central Menuets at a brisk one-beat-to-a-bar and especially appreciate his delicious accenting of the Eine Kleine Gigue's dizzying cross-rhythms. Staier uses the gigue to close the unfinished C major Suite K. 399, and offers a convincing completion to the Sarabande that Mozart broke off after six measures. The G major Variations on a theme by Gluck are admirably fluent, straightforward, and free from the archness that Ronald Brautigam sometimes displays.

Fanfare
...In all three of these sonatas, Staier offers a good deal more embellishment than before in the repeats (most though not all of which he observes), and the results are brilliantly effective. Sometimes he essays an octave displacement, sometimes he turns dynamics upside down, and in the "Turkish" rondo of K 331 he subjects several passages to the illumination of reversible counterpoint at second hearing. To summarize, I cannot recall any recording of Mozart sonatas that has given me so much pleasure, or so much fresh appreciation of the stature of music too often regarded as among the composer's less significant creations. More, please.

Sunday Times, 22nd July 2012
The variety of colour he gets from it is seemingly infinite, as is his expressive range...And (early-music devotees, please note and emulate, if you can) his ornamentations almost always sound spontaneous, a natural extension of the written notes.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
Staier's playing is illuminating.



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Suite for piano in C major (fragment), K. 399 (K. 385i)
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1782

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Gigue for Keyboard in G major, K 574
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 4 in E flat major, K 282 (189g)
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Variations (10) for Piano in G major on Gluck's "Unser dummer Pöbel meint", K 455
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1784

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C minor, K 457
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1784

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h)
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 17 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i)
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 22 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Piano Sonata, K. 332
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 21 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783