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Mozart : The Piano Sonatas

Leon McCawley

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This complete cycle of Mozart piano sonatas, with some very desirable additions, has been winning raves in its native Britain, and it's a pleasure to report that they're fully justified. Class Leon McCawley's interpretations of Mozart under two headings -- under that of recordings that place the Mozart sonatas at the center of his output, instead of to the side where they have long resided, and under the more general heading of modern-instrument recordings influenced by the discoveries of period-instrument performers. Class them also as fully thought-out, technically unimpeachable performances of the first class. McCawley takes pains to make his piano sound nearly as smooth as a fortepiano, and to bring out small details hidden in the performances of pianists who bang away. He is alert to the distinctive textures of each sonata, drawing on the insight that Mozart's keyboard textures developed hand in hand with his ability to exploit the large orchestral textures popularized by the Mannheim court orchestra and other virtuoso ensembles of the day. The bigger early sonatas, like the Piano Sonata in D major, K. 284, sound, as they should, like little keyboard symphonies. McCawley's readings are clean, neither too fragile nor too romantic. He plays Mozart's sonatas as serious works, but he has an admirable sense of when to back off and let the music speak for itself -- especially nice is the K. 533 sonata (with its K. 494 completion) at the beginning of disc 5. The magnificent first movement, in which a seemingly inconsequential theme is unexpectedly shown to be the basis first for invertible counterpoint, then for a fugue, and then for some truly profound Bachian combinations of themes, profits handsomely here from McCawley's decision to stay out of the music's way. The more minimal Sonata in B flat, K. 570, is arrestingly graceful. A nice bonus is the inclusion of the Kleine Gigue, K. 574, a wonderful miniature that was a product of Mozart's growing engagement with counterpoint; disc 5 is also filled out with some other fine but fairly obscure short pieces. The closing Adagio in B minor is a unique performance in which McCawley finds Mozart's despair not in the attenuated opening phrase, but in its consequent phrase, and develops his interpretation from there. If you are new to Mozart sonatas, sample some fortepiano performances as well, perhaps by Malcolm Bilson or Siegbert Rampe. If the modern grand is more your speed, this new set can stand with any of the great recordings of the past.
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Sonate pour piano en ut majeur, K 279 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

1
I. Allegro
00:05:07

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

2
II. Andante
00:05:14

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

3
III. Allegro
00:03:41

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Sonate pour piano en fa majeur, K 280 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

4
I. Allegro assai
00:04:35

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

5
II. Adagio
00:05:09

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

6
III. Presto
00:03:04

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Sonate pour piano en si bémol majeur, K 281 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

7
I. Allegro
00:04:29

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

8
II. Andante amoroso
00:04:19

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

9
III. Rondeau: Allegro
00:04:40

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Sonate pour piano en mi bémol majeur, K 282 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

10
I. Adagio
00:04:32

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

11
II. Menuetto I & II
00:04:20

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

12
III. Allegro
00:02:22

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Sonate pour piano en sol majeur, K 283 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

13
I. Allegro
00:04:09

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

14
II. Andante
00:03:54

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

15
III. Presto
00:04:16

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

DISC 2

Sonate pour piano en ré majeur, K 284 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

1
I. Allegro
00:05:07

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

2
II. Rodeau en Polonaise - Andante
00:04:19

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

3
III. Thema und Variationen - Andante
00:15:55

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Sonate pour piano en ut majeur, K 309 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

4
I. Allegro con spirito
00:05:53

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

5
II. Andante un poco adagio
00:05:49

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

6
III. Rondeau: Allegretto grazioso
00:05:59

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Sonate pour piano en ré majeur, K 311 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

7
I. Allegro con spirito
00:04:40

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

8
II. Andante con espressione
00:04:39

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

9
III. Rondeau: Allegro
00:06:37

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Sonate pour piano en la mineur, K 310 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

10
I. Allegro maestoso
00:05:55

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

11
II. Andante cantabile con espressione
00:09:56

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

12
III. Presto
00:03:21

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

DISC 3

Sonate pour piano en ut majeur, K 330 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

1
I. Allegro moderato
00:06:36

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

2
II. Andante cantabile
00:06:17

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

3
III. Allegretto
00:05:43

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Rondo en la mineur, K 511 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

4
Rondo in A minor, K 511
00:10:34

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Sonate pour piano en la majeur, K 331 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

5
I. Andante grazioso
00:13:42

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

6
II. Menuetto und Trio
00:06:28

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

7
III. Alla Turca: Allegretto
00:03:29

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Sonate pour piano en fa majeur, K 332 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

8
I. Allegro
00:07:00

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

9
II. Adagio
00:04:20

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

10
III. Allegro assai
00:06:48

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

DISC 4

Sonate pour piano en si bémol majeur, K 333 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

1
I. Allegro
00:07:59

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

2
II. Andante cantabile
00:07:32

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

3
III. Allegretto grazioso
00:06:13

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Fantaisie en ut mineur, K 475 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

4
Fantasie K475 in C minor
00:11:09

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Sonate pour piano en ut mineur, K 457 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

5
I. Molto allegro
00:06:03

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

6
II. Adagio
00:06:56

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

7
III. Allegro assai - agitato
00:04:46

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Sonate pour piano en ut majeur "Sonate facile", K 545 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

8
I. Allegro
00:03:13

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

9
II. Andante
00:05:31

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

10
III. Rondo: Allegretto
00:01:57

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

DISC 5

Sonate pour piano en fa majeur, K 533/494 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

1
I. Allegro
00:08:02

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

2
II. Andante
00:09:23

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

3
III. Rondo: Allegretto
00:06:15

Leon McCawley, Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Album Description

This complete cycle of Mozart piano sonatas, with some very desirable additions, has been winning raves in its native Britain, and it's a pleasure to report that they're fully justified. Class Leon McCawley's interpretations of Mozart under two headings -- under that of recordings that place the Mozart sonatas at the center of his output, instead of to the side where they have long resided, and under the more general heading of modern-instrument recordings influenced by the discoveries of period-instrument performers. Class them also as fully thought-out, technically unimpeachable performances of the first class. McCawley takes pains to make his piano sound nearly as smooth as a fortepiano, and to bring out small details hidden in the performances of pianists who bang away. He is alert to the distinctive textures of each sonata, drawing on the insight that Mozart's keyboard textures developed hand in hand with his ability to exploit the large orchestral textures popularized by the Mannheim court orchestra and other virtuoso ensembles of the day. The bigger early sonatas, like the Piano Sonata in D major, K. 284, sound, as they should, like little keyboard symphonies. McCawley's readings are clean, neither too fragile nor too romantic. He plays Mozart's sonatas as serious works, but he has an admirable sense of when to back off and let the music speak for itself -- especially nice is the K. 533 sonata (with its K. 494 completion) at the beginning of disc 5. The magnificent first movement, in which a seemingly inconsequential theme is unexpectedly shown to be the basis first for invertible counterpoint, then for a fugue, and then for some truly profound Bachian combinations of themes, profits handsomely here from McCawley's decision to stay out of the music's way. The more minimal Sonata in B flat, K. 570, is arrestingly graceful. A nice bonus is the inclusion of the Kleine Gigue, K. 574, a wonderful miniature that was a product of Mozart's growing engagement with counterpoint; disc 5 is also filled out with some other fine but fairly obscure short pieces. The closing Adagio in B minor is a unique performance in which McCawley finds Mozart's despair not in the attenuated opening phrase, but in its consequent phrase, and develops his interpretation from there. If you are new to Mozart sonatas, sample some fortepiano performances as well, perhaps by Malcolm Bilson or Siegbert Rampe. If the modern grand is more your speed, this new set can stand with any of the great recordings of the past.
© TiVo

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