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  • Performer: Alicia de Larrocha
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (June 26, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003F00
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Warren J. Dew on July 12, 2008
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There are some differences of opinion about how to play Mozart. The traditional view is that he is a composer of the classical period; however, there have been artists who believe he is better grouped with the later, romantic composers, with more in common with Beethoven and Chopin than with Haydn. Thus it is that you can get Horowitz recordings of Mozart piano sonatas which unabashedly exploit the tremendous dynamic range of a modern concert grand piano, or Barenboim recordings that use rubato extending well beyond the classical definition of "borrowing" time from one part of the music to another.

De Larrocha's interpretations on this disk are clearly in the classical school, not the romantic. Her interpretations of these piano sonatas are light, clean, and beautiful; she uses her concert grand to elicit subtle dynamics, rather than broad ones. Her rubatos are gentle and largely limited to the melody and the right hand, as Mozart himself is said to have played; her focus is on playing these sonatas as Mozart wrote them, rather than on leaving her own imprint on the music.

For Mozart's solo piano pieces, such as these sonatas, I much prefer de Larrocha's classical approach. I'm happy to transform my ear phones into a concert hall with Beethoven or Brahms, but I like Mozart sonatas better as chamber music in the intimacy of my parlor.

If you, too, wish to hear a clear, classical set of Mozart sonatas as Mozart composed them, you won't go wrong with this disc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marty on September 1, 2011
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One of the basics of Mozart's music is that it is difficult to play. In a specific sense, every note is out there alone, transparent. As such, mistakes are obvious and flaws in technique readily apparent. Whether is is simply a sustained note in an opera, a limpid passage in an adagio or the quickness demanded by a vivace, the waver of a diaphragm or clumsiness of a finger can ruin everything. Add to that the fact that Mozart demands both proper phrasing and a unity of overall phrasing so that and you have a large musical responsibility before you even get to matters of interpretation. In all of these aspects, Alicia de Larraccha succeeds and excels, with wonderful interpretations synthesizing superb technique, a deft and appropriate touch and decorous sentiment. If the exceptional Uchida can be faulted, it is that, at rare moments, some of her phrases are overwrought and, as a result, precious where Mozart never intended such. De Larroccha is always within the bounds of interpretive unity and as close to Mozart's intentions as we can be two centuries later.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kirk List on April 10, 2013
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Larrocha was a great Mozart pianist. Her incomplete series for Decca preceding this RCA series
captured her at her best. She sounds a bit more fluent and lively in them. A few of these are still obtainabe. The RCAs are ca. 10% less desirable, but not across the board-some are equally good and a few are better. I heard her perform the 27th concerto in Atlanta in the 90s
(her seventies) with Bernhard Klee and she was overwhelmingly superb, especially in the Larghetto.

Comparatively, I prefer Ingrid Haebler's complete Mozart piano works (now newly re-released
on Korean Philips with her complete Schubert-see my review), but Larrocha is close. Also
recommended: some of Arrau's Mozart (especially k284, 397, 457, 475, 511, 533, 540, 570,576)
and most of the incomplete Alfred Brendel survey- he omitted only k279, 280, 283, 284, 309 and 545. Arrau's live Salzburg recital in 1956 (k332, 457, 576 et al) on Orfeo is a must. Also
recitals by Peter Serkin, Anne Queffelec, Richard Goode, Emil Gilels, and Wilhelm Kempff. It is wonderful to have Larrocha's RCA Mozart sonatas available in a budget box, and I hope
that her RCA Mozart concerti-#s 9, 10, and 19-27- are reissued as well. In the four sonatas
under review, I find her k283 and 332 most attractive. To me, k332 is not only the best sonata
of these four, but one of Mozart's greatest-pure perfection entirely. K333 is close, especially its second movement. Larrocha also rises to the rhythmic delights of the alla turca
movement of k331-anything vaguely associated with dance is grist for her mill
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Music lover in Washington, DC on October 4, 2010
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When de Larrocha finally got around to recording the complete Mozart Sonatas and concertos for RCA, the cycle was uneven interpretively and even technically.

But this was the first volume issued and the performances of K. 333 and K. 283 are, by far, my favorite versions of these pieces. Her technical control are extraordinary, especially in the Alberti bass of the first movement of K.333, which is played with a controlled virtuosity that was a hallmark of her artistry; it never sounds mechanical.

Also, amazing is a feeling for rhythm which is a another De Larrocha trademark, which made her Mozart unique and different from just about any other pianist I can think of.

Unfortunately, K.331 and K. 332 while good, are less than inspired. Her earlier recordings on London/Decca of these pieces are far preferable. Some passages should have been re-done, b/c interpretively the playing is less than inspired and even sounds a bit sloppy.

One serious drawback, however, is the sound. It's thin and lacking in the wonderful acoustic "glow" that Uchida's versions have. Uchida is also good interpretively, but deLarrocha is inspired.

But I have no idea why RCA's recorded sound is so inferior to Phillips.
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