Mozart on Reflection

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Catalogue No: DDA 25046
EAN/UPC: 809730504624
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Release Date: February 2007
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Discs: 1
Sample: Sonata in B flat (3rd mvt)

Mozart wrote one complete sonata for two pianos, the famous D major, here in a superb performance. But he also left sketches of a second work in B flat, which has been completed and realised by Anthony Goldstone. Together with Goldstone’s transcription of the Adagio and Rondo, originally written for glass harmonica, and arrangements by Busoni and Grieg, this is perhaps one of the most fascinating and unusual programmes of Mozart available.

Track Listing

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

  1. Overture to The Magic Flute (6:19)
  2. I. Sonata in B flat for two pianos − Grave – presto (11:13)
  3. II. Sonata in B flat for two pianos − Larghetto (5:46)
  4. III. Sonata in B flat for two pianos − Allegro con spirito (4:07)
  5. I. Piano Sonata in G major, K. 283 − Allegro (5:52)
  6. II. Piano Sonata in G major, K. 283 − Andante (4:45)
  7. III. Piano Sonata in G major, K. 283 − Presto (4:39)
  8. I. Adagio and Rondo in C minor.major, K. 617 − Adagio (4:44)
  9. II. Adagio and Rondo in C minor.major, K. 617 − Rondo (7:40)
  10. I. Sonata in D major for two pianos, K.448 − Allegro con spirito (7:50)
  11. II. Sonata in D major for two pianos, K.448 − Andante (10:06)
  12. III. Sonata in D major for two pianos, K.448 − Allegro molto (6:04)

Reviews

International Piano

Played with vitality and rich humanity…delightful revelations…[Goldstone’s B flat sonata realisation] is a tour de force… a living, breathing work of which even the master would have been proud.

” —Julian Haylock
American Record Guide

… wonderful release. Anthony Goldstone shows us that his compositional and arrangement skills are the equal to his pianistic ones. The performance [of K448] can only be described as sparkling. Excellent sound and interesting booklet notes round off a very enjoyable release.

” —Harrington
ClassicalNet

well recorded disc… the Piano Sonata in B flat major… is a truly intriguing find and again it comes alive quite magically. Divine Art deserve praise for venturing into this two piano repertoire which is reaping significant results for the label in this neglected field. Copious notes by Anthony Goldstone set the seal on a most stimulating release.

” —Gerald Fenech
Klassisk Musikkmagasin

Absolutely convincing Mozart. This is a major addition to the repertoire. The performances are both lovingly attentive to detail and fizz with energy, and the recorded sound is as natural as the morning sun.

” —Martin Anderson
International Record Review

this is a valuable release, with fine recorded quality… Goldstone and Clemmow are a talented duo, able to immerse themselves both in their own lines and in those of their partner. The choices of tempo, dynamic contrast and phrasing carry quiet conviction.

” —Peter Branscombe
Stirling News

Some of the most attractive pieces in the Mozart repertoire.. sparkling rendition of the Overture from The Magic Flute

” —Kevin Bryan
Gramophone

This disc of keyboard music for four hands has a claim to our attention beyond the mere excellence of the playing, the indefatigable Goldstone offering his realisation of an abandoned Sonata in B flat major for two pianos… It’s well worth hearing. Lovely disc, complemented by Goldstone’s notes.

” —Jeremy Nicholas