J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart, Piano Sonatas, Alfred Brendel
The two-disc sets published so far include one with Liszt (Piano Sonata, Totentanz, Vallee d'Obermann, and the second Piano Concerto) and Schumann (Kreisleriana, Fantasie in C), one with the five last Schu
The Mozart is represented with the Sonata K. 332 in F major, the Fantsia K. 397 in D minor, the Rondo in A minor as well as the Marriner/St.Martin-supported Concert Rondo in D major (K. 382) and the Piano Concerto no. 20 in D minor (K. 466 - with Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra). Except the Concert Rondo (from his integral Mozart cycle with Marriner in 1976), the recordings are all from his recent batch - the same line that the disc Charles reviewed is from. It's musical, it's no-nonsense, it's always delight- and wonderful, it's solid and reliable. Not as rmantically indulgent as Schiff’s, not quite the no-nonsense approach of De Larrocha, not with the lithe and emotional supremacy that Uchida brings to it. But after fifty years of playing those works, you won’t find a more unapologetic, self-assured way of playing Mozart.
Philips 208947 57185
Released January 10, 2006