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Mozart: Piano Sonatas

Virginia Black

Classical - Released November 1, 2019 | CRD Records

Don’t be put off by those who opine that these piano sonatas are less interesting than some other Mozart compositions; they are wonderful compositions in their own right and were frequently performed by Mozart himself! I’m delighted to be playing this selection of Mozart’s piano sonatas from what was the golden period of the fortepiano. In a letter to his father dated 1777, Mozart declared his enthusiasm for a new Stein piano that he had tried out, a development of the instrument he was used to. About 1782 Mozart bought a piano by Gabriel Anton Walter on which the majority of these keyboard works were probably composed and performed. However, the modern concert grand piano speaks and sings and dances – its arts of voicing, pedalling, accentuation and touch all combine to add an extra dimension to the performance, which I believe Mozart would have loved! Mozart had a mischievous sense of humour, but he also had contact with something sublime, outside this world, and both sides of his character are combined to give the sonatas their special appeal. I agree with others who have said that Mozart really catches fire in the K.300s and produced his most troubled, alarming and even dangerous music during black moods, as illustrated by the forceful, angst-ridden A minor Sonata, K.310. In stark contrast, he brings grace and poise to the contemplative slow movements and sprightly mischief to the brilliant passages in all the sonatas on this recording. I’ve always thought that the glory of Mozart’s music comes from being performed and enjoyed, being felt, not studied. I do hope you will enjoy listening to these sonatas with me! © 2019 Virginia Black
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Concorde March

Robert Farnon

Classical - Released April 11, 2019 | CRD Records

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Rameau: Keyboard Works

Virginia Black

Classical - Released September 7, 2018 | CRD Records

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Ceremonial Oxford: Music for the Georgian University by William Hayes

Choir of Keble College, Oxford

Classical - Released March 2, 2018 | CRD Records

William Hayes, an organist and a professor of music at Oxford, has been neglected among Handel's successors, and this fine release by the Choir of Keble College, Oxford and the historical-performance group Instruments of Time and Truth under Matthew Martin strongly suggests that the omission has been a major one. Hayes, 23 years younger, was clearly a follower of Handel and conducted his works on a number of occasions. A few of the anthems here reflect Handel's style, yet most of them look either forward or backward: there are aspects of the mid-century Italian and Viennese styles, and strong reminiscences of Purcell, the polyphony of the early 17th century, and even earlier Renaissance music. Hayes was clearly a talented organist, and you could sample the Organ Concerto in G major, an assured, elegant work even though Hayes did not have many models to work with. The English anthems and psalm settings are clear and attractive, whether Handelian or lighter and more galant in style. Most intriguing are the imposing excerpts from the oratorio The Fall of Jericho, which strongly suggest that this work needs a full performance pronto. Handelians and lovers of English music should not delay in hearing this, for it's going to rewrite some history books: Hayes was known not only in Oxford but across England, for several decades. A Voluntary by the Oxford organist and composer William Walond, even less known than Hayes, is included. The youthful choristers enunciate the texts clearly and seem to reflect the music's freshness, in its own time and ours. © TiVo
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Fauré: The Complete Piano Works

Paul Crossley

Classical - Released February 3, 2017 | CRD Records

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Mozart: String Quintets, K. 593 & K. 614

The Chilingirian Quartet

Chamber Music - Released October 14, 2016 | CRD Records

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Domenico Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas

Virginia Black

Classical - Released June 1, 2015 | CRD Records

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Edvard Grieg: Lyric Pieces

Paul Crossley

Classical - Released October 1, 2014 | CRD Records

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Francisco Valls: Mass 'Scala Aretina'

The London Oratory Choir

Classical - Released October 1, 2014 | CRD Records

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Schubert: Trout Quintet, Notturno D897

The Nash Ensemble

Classical - Released February 28, 2013 | CRD Records

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Tye: The Western Wind Mass

The Choir of New College, Oxford

Classical - Released February 28, 2013 | CRD Records

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Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Solo Violin, TWV 40: 14-25

Maya Magub

Classical - Released February 28, 2013 | CRD Records

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Music from the Spanish Kingdoms

Nancy Hadden

Classical - Released January 1, 1989 | CRD Records

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A Treasury of English Keyboard Music

Gerald Gifford

Classical - Released July 31, 2012 | CRD Records

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Croft: Violin Sonatas & Harpsicord Suites

Duo Dorado

Classical - Released September 1, 2011 | CRD Records

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Scadinavian Serenade

The Scottish Baroque Ensemble

Classical - Released September 1, 2011 | CRD Records

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Granados: Piano Works Vol. Vll

Thomas Rajna

Classical - Released September 1, 2011 | CRD Records

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Granados: Escenas Romanticas, Etc.

Thomas Rajna

Classical - Released December 8, 1976 | CRD Records