The Piano Sonatas
Title:

The Piano Sonatas

Composer:
Artists:

Daniel-Ben Pienaar, piano

 

Cat No:

AV2209

Price:

£29.99 (5 CDs)

Summary:

South African-born, London resident Daniel-Ben Pienaar is a completist. Recent surveys, both on the concert platform and in the recording studio, include Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Chopin’s Complete Waltzes, Schubert’s Complete Sonatas, and the complete keyboard works by Orlando Gibbons. He arrives on Avie with another major project in tow: the complete Piano Sonatas by Mozart. An active recitalist and chamber musician, and professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Pienaar has a number of critically acclaimed independent releases under his belt, but this recording represents an uncommon synergy between artist, repertoire and production values. In Gramophone Award-winning producer Jonathan Freeman-Atwood, Pienaar found a special simpatico which he found “profoundly enabling”, resulting in a creative recording process specific in relation to the music in hand.

Pienaar presents the works chronologically over five CDs, illustrating Mozart’s compositional trajectory which represents all of the major stylistic and emotional shifts in his mature career, with the earliest dating from his twentieth year, through his Viennese period, and the final works which were written towards the end of his all too brief life.

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Tracklist:

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791)
The Piano Sonatas
CD 1 (57:50)
Sonata No. 1 K279 in C major (11:55)
1. I Allegro (4:31)
2. II Andante (4:24)
3. III Allegro (2:57)
Sonata No. 2 K280 in F major (12:51)
4. I Allegro assai (4:17)
5. II Adagio (5:49)
6. III Presto (2:44)
Sonata No. 3 K281 in B flat major (11:22)
7. I Allegro (4:16)
8. II Andante amoroso (3:12)
9. III Rondeau: Allegro (3:52)
Sonata No.4 K282 in E flat major (11:32)
10. I Adagio (4:20)
11. II Menuetto I – Menuetto II – Menuetto I (4:14)
12. III Allegro (2:57)
Sonata No. 5 K283 in G major (10:10)
13. I Allegro (3:38)
14. II Andante (3:52)
15. III Presto (2:39)

CD 2 (65:46)
Sonata No. 6 K284 ‘Dürnitz’ in D major (24:00)
1. I Allegro (4:57)
2. II Rondeau en Polonaise: Andante (4:18)
3. III Thema; Variationen I – XII (14:44)
Sonata No. 7 K309 in C major (14:55)
4. I Allegro con spirito (3:53)
5. II Andante un poco Adagio (5:22)
6. III Rondeau: Allegretto grazioso (5:40)
Sonata No. 8 K311 in D major (13:54)
7. I Allegro con spirito (4:04)
8. II Andante con espressione (4:30)
9. III Rondeau: Allegro (5:20)
Sonata No. 9 K310 in A minor (12:55)
10. I Allegro maestoso (3:57)
11. II Andante cantabile con espressione (6:31)
12. III Presto (2:28)

CD 3 (74:05)
Sonata No. 10 K330 in C major (17:46)
1. I Allegro moderato (5:57)
2. II Andante cantabile (6:37)
3. III Allegretto (5:12)
Sonata No. 11 K331 ‘Alla Turca’ in A major (21:44)
4. I Andante grazioso (12:19)
5. II Menuetto & Trio (5:58)
6. III Alla Turca: Allegretto (3:27)
Sonata No. 12 K332 in F major (16:03)
7. I Allegro (6:54)
8. II Adagio (4:32)
9. III Allegro assai (4:37)
Sonata No. 13 K333 in B flat major (18:29)
10. I Allegro (7:03)
11. II Andante cantabile (5:27)
12. III Allegretto grazioso (5:59)

CD 4 (49:48)
1. Fantasie K475 in C minor (11:00)
Sonata No. 14 K457 in C minor (17:04)
2. I Allegro (5:23)
3. II Adagio (7:42)
4. III Molto allegro (3:59)
Sonata No. 15 K533/494 in F major (21:42)
5. I Allegro (6:32)
6. II Andante (9:19)
7. III Rondo: Allegretto (5:51)

CD 5 (40:49)
Sonata No. 16 K545 ‘Für Änfänger’ in C major (9:57)
1. I Allegro (2:44)
2. II Andante (5:33)
3. III Rondo: Allegretto (1:39)
Sonata No. 17 K570 in B flat major (16:45)
4. I Allegro (5:47)
5. II Adagio (7:31)
6. III Allegretto (3:27)
Sonata No. 18 K576 in D major (14:05)
7. I Allegro (4:52)
8. II Adagio (5:02)
9. III Allegretto (4:11)

Recorded at the Dukes Hall of the Royal Academy of Music in London, August 2008 and September 2009
Producer: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood

Engineer: Kirsten Cowie

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