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Piano Sonatas: Complete Box set


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  • Composer: Mozart
  • Audio CD (June 1, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B003E1QDN0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,445 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, K. 279 (K. 189d): 1. Allegro
2. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, K. 279 (K. 189d): 2. Andante
3. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, K. 279 (K. 189d): 3. Allegro
4. Piano Sonata No. 2 in F major, K. 280 (K. 189e): 1. Allegro assai
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Disc: 2
1. Piano Sonata No. 6 in D major, K. 284 (K. 205b): 1. Allegro
2. Piano Sonata No. 6 in D major, K. 284 (K. 205b): 2. Rondeau en polonaise: Andante
3. Piano Sonata No. 6 in D major, K. 284 (K. 205b): 3. Andante (Tema con variazioni)
4. Piano Sonata No. 7 in C major, K. 309 (K. 284b): 1. Allegro con spirito
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Disc: 3
1. Piano Sonata No. 9 in D major, K. 311 (K. 284c): Allegro con spirito
2. Piano Sonata No. 9 in D major, K. 311 (K. 284c): 2. Andante con espressione
3. Piano Sonata No. 9 in D major, K. 311 (K. 284c): 3. Rondeau: Allegro
4. Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330 (K. 300h): 1. Allegro moderato
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Disc: 4
1. Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332 (K. 300k): 1. Allegro
2. Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332 (K. 300k): 2. Adagio
3. Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332 (K. 300k): 3. Allegro assai
4. Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K. 333 (K. 315c): 1. Allegro
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Disc: 5
1. Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ('Sonata semplice') K. 545: 1. Allegro
2. Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ('Sonata semplice') K. 545: 2. Andante
3. Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ('Sonata semplice') K. 545: 3. Rondeau: Allegretto
4. Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ('Sonata semplice') K. 545: 1. Allegro
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[I wrote this review for a previous release of this collection on Brilliant Mozart: Piano Sonatas (Box Set). They've created a prettier box but it's otherwise the same.]

It is often hit or miss with issues from Brilliant Classics. They tend to offer box sets of CDs, often with well-known performers but also often with performers you've never heard of. I'd never heard of Klára Würtz but it turns out that was my loss. This is a fabulous pianist. And to think that this set contains all 18 of Mozart's piano sonatas on five CDs for less than thirty dollars! Würtz is a Hungarian-born and -trained pianist who studied with such pianists as András Schiff and Zoltán Kocsis. She is about forty (she's a looker, too, if that matters to you) who is currently a professor at the Utrecht Conservatory in Holland. These performances were recorded in 1998 and first issued on another label (I think it was Regis but I'm not sure about that).

Her playing is exhilarating in the extreme. She plays these works as if taking great delight in them -- as I'm sure she does -- and somehow she communicates that to the listener. There is not an unconsidered note in these five CDs. More important, she brings the works, even the earliest ones, alive with the subtlety and joy of her playing. I am frankly mystified about how she does this. Plenty of other pianists have similarly awesome technique. But technique alone will not work for Mozart. One has to convey the music contained in the notes. In reviews I have often seen sentiments like 'he/she plays as if composing the music on the spot' and have never quite understood what that meant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doug - Haydn Fan VINE VOICE on September 22, 2012
This is a fine set from Brilliant of the Mozart piano sonatas by Klara Wurtz - they also offer Pires - Mozart: Complete Piano Sonatas. Expect fine playing and a lively sense for the music's historical Classical boundaries, but no deep pulls in the direction of Romaticism. If that is the way you like your Mozart, you should greatly enoy this set. I found the individuality of the slow movements better than Eschenbach - another possible choice.

However, Mozart sonatas work best - at least for me - when approached individually, and these box sets - I fear - often can turn into elevated background music - producing a certain numbing effect on listeners who hear only one viewpoint on this composer of infinite emotional range. And five straight sonatas on the first disc - even when played as sprightly as is the case here, a pianist's style can too easily intrude over the music.

Small quibbles - by and large a fine set - though not a profound one.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Music Man on June 15, 2012
This performance is a gem. Wurtz is not one of the big-name pianists, but her playing is exquisite. She plays these sonatas as I imagine Mozart envisioned them. Also, the recording is very good and at a very reasonable price. Like the Beethoven sonatas, these sonatas collectively represent one of the masterpieces of the repertory and Wurtz plays them to perfection. If you're willing to take a risk on a relatively unknown pianist, you'll be very pleasantly surprised.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on November 9, 2013
When Elijah was hiding in the wilderness from Ahab and Jezebel, he was told to stand outside his cave: a parousia was at hand. God was not in the gale. God was not in the earthquake. God was not in the fire. Come a gentle breeze, the prophet knew that he was in the presence of the Almighty.

A parallel comes to mind: the slow movement of Mozart's Piano Sonatas for Beginners, K 545, as played by Ingrid Haebler in the winter of 1965 - and in particular, the development section. I don't know how she did it or what she is channelling. This much I can say: it is caustic of time and thought. Better still, it defies the Law of Diminishing Returns. In this domain, it's sui generis - and who would have thought it would materialise in K 545 of all things?

Notwithstanding her (judicious) placement in the Great Pianists of the Century, Aunty Ingrid is frequently mocked for being a purveyor of Dresden China in all things Mozart. This is dreadfully unfair. Besides, there is another candidate at hand who better warrants the title of Lady: Klára Würtz

This thoughtful and well played cycle does not venture beyond the realms of niceness: Lady Bracknell would approve. One listens with pleasure; just don't expect to encounter a Mozart who is dangerous or disturbing. To cite but one instance, the development section in K 310 / 1 is daintily played and nothing more. As the sonatas blur into one another, one questions Würtz's powers of characterisation. In its own way, this cycle is cause for regret: I thought we were past the continuum where these works were regarded as tarted up trifles. Strange but true: the Fantasia K 475 is missing from this cycle (Mozart explicitly paired it with K 457). Moreover, why exclude K 312 / 590d and K 400? Avarice reigns.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Frequent Amazon Customer on August 14, 2010
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Wurtz is a very good pianist, and the recorded sound is very good also. However, Wurtz does not put excitement into the performances. Her sound dynamics and phrasing are not dramatic. The result is more like pleasant background music rather than a riveting performance. Of course, Mozart sonatas, for all their prettiness, are not as exciting as many of the Beethoven sonatas, so the fault is partly Mozart's.
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