Anne Queffelec Mozart recital

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Anne Queffelec Mozart recital

Post by Rach3 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:20 am

A pianist I follow, a recital worth hearing.
Mozart at 6 , and older , with commentary after K.333 by the pianist.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/m0000hcs

MOZART

Minuet in G major, K.1
Minuet in F major, K.2
Allegro in B flat major, K.3
Piano Sonata No.13 in B-flat major, K.333
Piano Sonata No.11 in A major, K.331

Anne Queffélec (piano)
Concert recorded at LSO St Luke's, London, on 14 September 2018.

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Re: Anne Queffelec Mozart recital

Post by jbuck919 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:37 am

Good heavens, why would anyone make a big deal out of these pieces, which any reasonably talented schoolchild pianist could play adequately? Why would anybody perform Mozart juvenilia in the first place?

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Re: Anne Queffelec Mozart recital

Post by Rach3 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:27 am

jbuck919 wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:37 am
Good heavens, why would anyone make a big deal out of these pieces, which any reasonably talented schoolchild pianist could play adequately? Why would anybody perform Mozart juvenilia in the first place?
I had never heard K.1-K.3, thought they might be interesting to some here who also had not heard. Ms.Queffelec said she chose K.3 as it is in B major as is the following K.331 Sonata she played, and made a nice contrast between child and adult.Queffelec also had some interesting comments about both Sonatas, and had a good quote from conductor Josef Krips that , "Mozart comes down from heaven, Beethoven goes up to Heaven." I would trust Queffelec's programming choices, as her past playing and critical acclaim obviously warrant. Schnabel used to say Mozart was too easy for children to play, too difficult for adults to play, but I enjoy listening to Queffelec.

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Re: Anne Queffelec Mozart recital

Post by Lance » Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:33 pm

The two Mozart sonatas listed are major works for pianists, not necessarily juvenalia.
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Re: Anne Queffelec Mozart recital

Post by jbuck919 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:38 pm

Lance wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:33 pm
The two Mozart sonatas listed are major works for pianists, not necessarily juvenalia.
Well I know that Lance. I was dividing the program in two. And although it is not hard to find performances by famous pianists of the +300 sonatas, if I could once perform them, they are not major works. As Charles Rosen wrote, Mozart is never less than beautiful, but by and large the piano sonatas cannot be counted among his greatest compositions. If you disagree, then we agree to disagree, fearless leader.

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Re: Anne Queffelec Mozart recital

Post by Lance » Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:23 am

No, I would not disagree on the "stature" of the piano sonatas. In fact, I would choose Haydn's best over Mozart's best, and certainly Beethoven's, not to mention those of Franz Schubert! Insofar as Mozart's works involving the piano, I would place the piano concertos at the top of his list. Still, Mozart's piano sonatas do have a lot to offer if one seeks.
jbuck919 wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:38 pm
Lance wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:33 pm
The two Mozart sonatas listed are major works for pianists, not necessarily juvenalia.
Well I know that Lance. I was dividing the program in two. And although it is not hard to find performances by famous pianists of the +300 sonatas, if I could once perform them, they are not major works. As Charles Rosen wrote, Mozart is never less than beautiful, but by and large the piano sonatas cannot be counted among his greatest compositions. If you disagree, then we agree to disagree, fearless leader.
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Re: Anne Queffelec Mozart recital

Post by jbuck919 » Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:20 am

Lance wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:23 am
No, I would not disagree on the "stature" of the piano sonatas. In fact, I would choose Haydn's best over Mozart's best, and certainly Beethoven's, not to mention those of Franz Schubert! Insofar as Mozart's works involving the piano, I would place the piano concertos at the top of his list. Still, Mozart's piano sonatas do have a lot to offer if one seeks.
Exactly. Here is a movement from one with a number under 300 that is intentionally facetious, hilarious in fact, with its "extra" measure.

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Re: Anne Queffelec Mozart recital

Post by maestrob » Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:37 pm

As for Mozart's Sonatas for Piano, surely there is much beauty in them, but so much depends on who is playing them. They are, like the concerti, much more than background music and reveal Mozart's astonishing ability to spin out a musical idea. That said, I agree that Haydn's best sonatas are in many ways more interesting than Mozart, especially when played by Hamelin, who is my favorite in that repertoire and has recorded quite a few:


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