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April: W.A. MOZART : MUNICH SONATAS

W.A.MOZART: SONATA KV 280:

This Mozart sonata in F Major, KV 280, and most of all the middle section of it, is an astonishing early example of what we later will be calling the 'great romantic feelings', as Beethoven will be emerge the world in. Cultivation of pure nature, loneliness, ... no, the thumbnail is made on purpose, it reflects a bit of that feel. Certainly of that middle section, not played as a 'in-between little piece of music', but true to the notation and 18th c tradition, as a true adagio, not stick ones 21st century fear for silence to it, opens a totally new world of emotional expression. Also for me, revisiting this work, it is leaving me with an impression I for sure will think off even in my last days. Seriously, the piece blew me away. Hope you feel it too !

Recorded Live Stream on W.A.Mozart's sonatas KV 279 and KV 280 from Sunday 23 April 2017. A large range of topics has been covered, affect, accentuation, movement and tempo, technique, ... !

Overall index per movement:

5:33 Sonata in C Major KV 279, part 1
24:05 Sonata in C Major KV 279, part 2
43:15 Sonata in C Major KV 279, part 3
51:24 Sonata in F Major KV 280, part 1
1:03:19 Sonata in F Major KV 280, part 2
1:14:59 Sonata in F Major KV 280, part 3
1:20 00 closing chat

 

 

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W.A.MOZART :: SONATA IN C MAJOR KV 279

Mozart's KV 279 not "yet" a full-size "important" work, as one often hears of all works under KV 300... Well, I can tell you after revisiting almost all the Munich sonatas, young Wolfgang's works are mind blowing, opening the romanticism in a way that is beyond imagination, showing a master of technique, form, depth, expression, that is just stunning. One thing though: you should not race through these works at Ferrari speeds. Even then something is left, but not the deep emotional expression, so close to the music of C.P.E.Bach and Haydn, and yet so much opening the doors for the later Beethovenish expression.
On clavichord, these works just shine and there is little doubt the clavichord was the instrument Mozart had in mind for these works. Much more than the piano, which was an instrument that only later would come in his life and even then in a -compared to the finesses of a clavichord - in a rather rough technical format. This music breathes the micro-expression a clavichord can reproduce as no other keyboard instrument in those days was capable off.
Sorry to advocate so strongly here for the clavichord... but I believe it is even not exaggerated. Perhaps uncommon on today's musical scene. But that is a fact history does not pay attention to ! 

W.A.MOZART :: SONATA IN Bb MAJOR KV 281

WIM WINTERS, SAXON CLAVICHORD

Mozart wrote 6 keyboard sonatas while or before traveling to Munich in 1775. This sonata in B flat Major, KV 281 is the 3d in the row and showcases perfectly the in those days fashionable style: gallantry and cantabile. The middle section, an andante with the very early 'romantic' connotation "amoroso, is almost a pre-echo of the later Beethoven middle sections.