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Mozart : Keyboard Music Vols. 8 & 9

Kristian Bezuidenhout

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Kristian Bezuidenhout's cycle of Mozart's complete keyboard music concludes with this double album, which contains some real rarities that are ideally suited to Bezuidenhout's tough, wiry style. As such, it may not be the item to pick if you want to sample the series, but it's often fascinating. Bezuidenhout's basic modus operandi is to give considerable weight even to works conventionally thought of as light, using his powerful fortepiano (a copy of an 1805 Walter instrument by builder Paul McNulty) and its unequal-temperament tuning to bring out dissonances and sinewy lines rarely heard elsewhere. Here he has some really radical experiments to work with, and even if you find Bezuidenhout's readings idiosyncratic at times, you'll likely appreciate the likes of the Modulating Prelude F-C, K. deest (it is indubitably by Mozart), or the Menuetto in D major, K. 355, with its daring harmonies barely matched elsewhere in Mozart's output. Several of the sonata-form movements were abandoned by Mozart for one reason or another and have been completed by Mozart scholar Robert Levin; the joints are hard to hear. Some pieces, such as the Modulating Prelude and the Four Preludes, K. 284a, are examples of Mozart's improvisational abilities, which were rarely captured in notation. In the larger and more usual works, Bezuidenhout applies a heavy touch to the Piano Sonatas K. 279 and 280, and to three large variations sets, which are generally given a touch of French elegance. But in the Nine Variations on a Minuet by Duport, K. 573, Bezuidenhout achieves utterly distinctive results in a work that has almost no harmonic content and is completely about register and space. Bezuidenhout's Mozart is, to be sure, a matter of taste, but this is a fine conclusion to his series.

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Mozart : Keyboard Music Vols. 8 & 9

Kristian Bezuidenhout

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DISC 1

Piano Sonata in C major, K. 545 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

1
I. Allegro 00:04:12

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2
II. Andante 00:06:37

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3
III. Rondo 00:01:52

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8 Variations in F major on 'Dieu d'amour' by André Grétry, K. 352 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

4
8 Variations in F major on 'Dieu d'amour' by André Grétry, K. 352 00:12:04

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Suite in C major, K. 399 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

5
I. Ouverture 00:03:50

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6
II. Allemande 00:04:12

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7
III. Courante 00:02:33

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8
IV. Sarabande (completed by Robert Levin) 00:04:37

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Menuetto in D major, K. 355 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

9
Menuetto in D major, K. 355 00:02:27

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Gigue in G major, K. 574 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

10
Gigue in G major, K. 574 00:01:34

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Kleiner Trauermarsch in C minor, K. 453a (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

11
Kleiner Trauermarsch in C minor, K. 453a 00:02:05

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Piano Sonata in F major, K. 280 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

12
I. Allegro assai 00:04:39

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13
II. Adagio 00:08:06

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14
III. Presto 00:04:19

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9 Variations in D major on a menuet by Jean-Pierre Duport, K. 573 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

15
9 Variations in D major on a menuet by Jean-Pierre Duport, K. 573 00:14:19

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DISC 2

Modulating Prelude in F-C, K. deest (K. 624/626a) (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

1
Modulating Prelude in F-C, K. deest (K. 624/626a) 00:04:24

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Piano Sonata in C major, K. 279 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

2
I. Allegro 00:08:14

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3
II. Andante 00:07:18

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4
III. Allegro 00:04:58

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Allegro in B-flat major, K. 400 (completed by Robert Levin) (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

5
Allegro in B-flat major, K. 400 (completed by Robert Levin) 00:07:17

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Allegro in G minor, K. 312 (completed by Robert Levin) (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

6
Allegro in G minor, K. 312 (completed by Robert Levin) 00:05:35

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Four Preludes, K. 284a (formerly Capriccio in C major, K. 395/300g) (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

7
Four Preludes, K. 284a (formerly Capriccio in C major, K. 395/300g) 00:04:30

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12 Variations in C major on a menuet by Johann Christian Fischer, K. 179 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

8
12 Variations in C major on a menuet by Johann Christian Fischer, K. 179 00:19:03

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Piano Sonata in D major, K. 576 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

9
I. Allegro 00:05:10

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10
II. Adagio 00:04:38

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11
III. Allegretto 00:04:36

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Album Description

Kristian Bezuidenhout's cycle of Mozart's complete keyboard music concludes with this double album, which contains some real rarities that are ideally suited to Bezuidenhout's tough, wiry style. As such, it may not be the item to pick if you want to sample the series, but it's often fascinating. Bezuidenhout's basic modus operandi is to give considerable weight even to works conventionally thought of as light, using his powerful fortepiano (a copy of an 1805 Walter instrument by builder Paul McNulty) and its unequal-temperament tuning to bring out dissonances and sinewy lines rarely heard elsewhere. Here he has some really radical experiments to work with, and even if you find Bezuidenhout's readings idiosyncratic at times, you'll likely appreciate the likes of the Modulating Prelude F-C, K. deest (it is indubitably by Mozart), or the Menuetto in D major, K. 355, with its daring harmonies barely matched elsewhere in Mozart's output. Several of the sonata-form movements were abandoned by Mozart for one reason or another and have been completed by Mozart scholar Robert Levin; the joints are hard to hear. Some pieces, such as the Modulating Prelude and the Four Preludes, K. 284a, are examples of Mozart's improvisational abilities, which were rarely captured in notation. In the larger and more usual works, Bezuidenhout applies a heavy touch to the Piano Sonatas K. 279 and 280, and to three large variations sets, which are generally given a touch of French elegance. But in the Nine Variations on a Minuet by Duport, K. 573, Bezuidenhout achieves utterly distinctive results in a work that has almost no harmonic content and is completely about register and space. Bezuidenhout's Mozart is, to be sure, a matter of taste, but this is a fine conclusion to his series.

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