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Mozart: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4 - Sonatas Nos. 7, 11, 15 & 18 / Christian Blackshaw, piano

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 7 in C major, K 309 (284b)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano in F major, K. 533/494
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D major ("Trumpet", "Hunt"), K. 576
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

A deeply passionate and sensitive performer, Christian Blackshaw is celebrated for the incomparable musicianship of his performances. His playing combines tremendous emotional depth with great understanding and, in the words of one London critic, "sheer musicality and humanity".

Wigmore Hall was sold out for a Schubert recital by a concert pianist whose only solo recordings consist of three volumes of the Mozart piano sonatas. That would be understandable if he were 23 years old and the next big thing. But he's 65. Though he may indeed be the next big thing! Christian Blackshaw started big, faded into obscurity, then burst back at around the time he qualified for AARP. He has the features of a matinee idol and the swept-back silver hairstyle that Beethoven would have sported. His previous Mozart Recordings for the Wigmore hall Live label have all been Editor's Choices in both BBC Music Magazine and gramophone as well.

Sunday Times, 18th October 2015
Donald Tovey described the sonatas as "written with his left hand" while the composer was occupied with greater things. Yet so searching and satisfying is Blackshaw's playing, so felicitous his touch, we have no sense of inferior works, least of all the two on the second disc, the sparkling K576 and the irresistible K533, with its richly decorated, Bach-inspired slow movement.

New York Times, 11th December 2015
Another welcome demonstration of his immaculate tone, delicate way with pacing and exquisite taste in articulation. In four sonatas taken from across the composer's life, there is never a note of hurry or haste, and nothing that fails to enchant.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2016
Permit me to join the chorus of acclaim for his elegance of phrasing, limpid tone quality (captured in a demonstration-quality recording), tastefulness of nuance and ornamentation, and imaginative response to harmony and character. Every tiniest detail here is thought through... Yet nothing is fetishised. Perfection - or something very close to it - is in the service of freedom.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (01/05/2013).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 7 in C major, K 309 (284b)
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1777
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i)
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 27 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano in F major, K. 533/494
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1788
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D major ("Trumpet", "Hunt"), K. 576
  • Performer: Christian Blackshaw (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789
  • Studio/Live: Live