Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 5

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SOMM Recordings’ acclaimed survey of Mozart’s Piano Sonatas by Peter
Donohoe nears its end with Volume 5 featuring three works from very
different periods of the composer’s life.
The earliest Sonata, No.3 in B-flat major, K281, from 1775, shows the 18-yearold
composer in effervescent mood, nimbly drawing on French and Italian
influences, with a cadenza composed by Donohoe for its Rondo finale.
From January, 1788, the latest Sonata, No.15 in F major, K533/494, is an
ingenious exercise in compromised creativity. Finding himself short of time,
Mozart revised an earlier Rondo for the finale to two chromatically rich original
movements caught between the Salzburg Serenades he was keen to leave
behind and the aria-like coloratura he hoped would appeal to audiences.
A decade earlier, the Sonata No.13 in B-flat major was composed in Paris
as Mozart reeled from the death of his mother and the failure of his bid for
success in the French capital. His only consolation had been an encounter
with Johann Christian Bach, from whom Christopher Morley says in
his authoritative booklet notes, he 'learned balance and dialogue (the
characteristic answering to an assertive masculine opening statement by
a yielding, delicate feminine response…) and these qualities inform K333'.
SOMM’s Mozart Piano Sonatas survey has attracted superlative
reviews. Volume 1 (SOMMCD 0191) received the accolades of MusicWeb
International’s Recording of the Year and BBC Music Magazine’s Recording
of the Month.
Volume 2 (SOMMCD 0198) was also a MusicWeb International Recording
of the Year, with Musical Opinion describing Peter Donohoe as 'an ideal
interpreter', adding 'no finer accounts of these still neglected masterpieces
will have been offered to the public'.
Volume 3 (SOMMCD 0613) was hailed by ClassicalMusicDaily as 'a recording
full of joy… the collection as a whole deserves to be celebrated', Volume 4
(SOMMCD 0629) praised by BBC Music Magazine as 'an insightful survey',
adding 'Mozart would have approved'.
Item number SOMMCD 0648
Barcode 748871064829
Release date 18/03/2022
Label SOMM Recordings
Media type CD
Number of units 1
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