Noriko Ogawa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonatas Nos. 10-12 (K 330-332) (2012)


Noriko Ogawa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonatas Nos. 10-12 (K 330-332) (2012)
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Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-1985 | Time: 01:16:00

While its unpretentious cover photo and small text don't proclaim it as an important recording, Noriko Ogawa's 2012 SACD of Mozart piano sonatas is the kind of sleeper album that quietly asserts its value and convinces purely through the beauty of the music. The three piano sonatas presented here also have that kind of unassuming quality. Mozart composed them as teaching pieces, suitable for players of modest skills, yet they have become extremely popular and rank among his best loved works. Ogawa plays them with a light touch that suits their simplicity, and her interpretations of K. 330, K. 331 (famous for its Rondo alla Turca), and K. 332 are transparent and almost naïve, but for the subtlety of attack, balanced phrasing, and shaded dynamics that reveal her artistry. BIS provides nearly ideal sound quality for Ogawa, offering clean reproduction and reasonably close microphone placement that make listening effortless. While there are no indications that this is an installment in a forthcoming series of the complete piano sonatas, one would hope that Ogawa has much more Mozart to offer, because this is an exquisite presentation that other pianists should envy. Highly recommended.

Review by Blair Sanderson, Allmusic.com

Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa has appeared in these pages several times in repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Takemitsu. This, however, is her first foray on disc into Mozart. I suppose there’s a degree of pertinence to Ogawa’s selection of these three sonatas for her Mozart debut, since it’s now believed that they were the first piano sonatas Mozart composed after his permanent move to Vienna in 1781. Some older sources, however, still suggest the late 1770s and Salzburg or even Paris as the time and place of their composition. The middle sonata of the set, No. 11, popularly known as “Alla Turca” for its last movement’s “Turkish”-themed Rondo, is the most unusual of the three works, not because of the Rondo but because the sonata is homotonal—i.e., all three movements are in either A Major or A Minor, thus having the same tonic. If you prefer hearing these pieces on a modern Steinway grand—and I do—it’s hard to imagine them being played any more sensitively, charmingly, expressively, and stylishly than they are here by Noriko Ogawa. The combination of BIS’s crystalline recording and Ogawa’s exceptionally limpid touch and pellucid tone makes this a winning entry in the Mozart piano sonata catalog. Recommended to all Mozart lovers, except those who are unalterably opposed to hearing this music played on anything other than a period fortepiano.

Review by Jerry Dubins, Fanfare










Tracklist:

Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K 330
01. I. Allegro moderato (09:51)
02. II. Andante cantabile (06:29)
03. III. Allegretto (09:01)

Piano Sonata No.11 in A major, K 331
04. I. Theme and Variations (14:33)
05. II. Menuetto (06:19)
06. III. Alla Turca. Allegrino (03:52)

Piano Sonata No.12 in F major, K 332
07. I. Allegro (10:28)
08. II. Adagio (04:24)
09. III. Allegro assai (10:58)


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