Concert Reviews | CD Reviews | DVD Reviews | Opera | Early Music | News | Film | Art | Books | Kids

19.3.17

A Survey of Mozart Piano Sonata Cycles






Discographies on ionarts: Bach Organ Cycles | Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycles I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX | Beethoven Symphony Cycles Index | Beethoven String Quartet Cycles | Bruckner Symphony Cycles | Dvořák Symphony Cycles | Shostakovich Symphony Cycles | Sibelius Symphony Cycles | Mozart Keyboard Sonata Cycles



03/26/2017: True, Alfred Brendel didn't record a complete set, but really, he's come closer than some others included in this survey. Since it's recently been issued as a set, that merits inclusion.

03/22/2017: Clara Sverner has been added.

03/18/2017: Finished, at last! At least as far as my database goes.

02/20/2016: Updated from Walter Klien to Vlado Perlemutter. Alphabetical banners added for easier navigation.

02/11/2016: Pianists A through J are finished... the rest, from Walter Klien to Christian Zacharias, will be added over the next weeks.

01/29/2016: There are several new discographic entries under work. Mahler Symphony Cycles, almost obviously. Ditto Nielsen and Martinů as well as Bartók and Shostakovich String Quartet cycles. They just take so much darn time and even then they are rarely complete or mistake free. Neither will this one be, and every such post is also a plea to generously inclined readers with more information and knowledge of the subject than I have to lend a helping hand correcting my mistakes or filling data-lacunae. (I.e. will Yuko Hisamoto’s begun cycle be finished? Are there new, available editions of formerly hard-to-find sets?) I am grateful for any such pointers, hinters, and corrections.

Because I lack consistent data for when these cycles were recorded (I need the date of the earliest and the last included recording), I will list the sets alphabetically for now. As (or if) I gather enough information, I will want to set it up chronologically or else that only pianists whose name begins with "Z" to record any new sets. (William Youn almost gets that right!)

Like the Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle Survey, this is a mere inventory of what has been recorded and whether it is still available. Favorites are denoted with the "ionarts' choice" graphic. Also like the Beethoven Survey but unlike most of the other symphony-cycle-surveys among the ionarts-discographies, this survey actually is meant to be exhaustive and cover all issues, not just those that are available or have at some point made it onto CD. Unlike with earlier surveys, I will give each (meaningful) iteration of a cycle its own space, rather than listing only to the most recent re-issue. This is partly because with cycles going in and out of print, more than one may be available, depending on your location prices might differ, and perhaps most of all so that we can marvel at the covers and how they have evolved. (And remember: Ah, this is the one I have.) If cycles of one pianist are not given a differing roman numeral, then they are identical to all those that share that (lack of) numeral, even if they are on entirely different labels.












available at Amazon
Marco Albrizio
(20??)
Sheva Collection

UK | DE | FR

available at Amazon
Claudio Arrau
(1973/74, 1983-88)
Philips ~$45, oop


UK | DE | FR

available at Amazon
Claudio Arrau
(1973/74, 1983-88)
Decca/Eloquence ~$20

UK | DE | FR

available at Amazon
Claudio Arrau
(1973/74, 1983-88)
Italian Decca ~$85

UK | DE | FR


available at Amazon
Paul Badura-Skoda I
(1978-80)
Bösendorfer & Steinway
Ariola / Eurodisc ~$90 (oop)

UK | DE | FR

available at Amazon
Paul Badura-Skoda I
(1978-80)
Bösendorfer & Steinway
Ariola / Eurodisc ~$65 (oop)

UK | DE | FR

available at Amazon
Paul Badura-Skoda II
(1984-1990)
1790 Schantz fortepiano
Astrée ~$115 (oop)


UK | DE | FR

available at Amazon
Paul Badura-Skoda II
(1984-1990)
1790 Schantz fortepiano
Naïve ~$115 (oop)


UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Daniel Barenboim I
(1984-85)
EMI ~$40 (oop)

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Daniel Barenboim I
(1984-85)
EMI/Warner ~$30

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Daniel Barenboim I
(1984-85)
EMI ~$10 (oop)

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Daniel Barenboim II
(1988-90)
EuroArts DVD ~$44

UK | DE | FR




available at Amazon
Roland Batik
(1990)
Bösendorfer
Gramopla ~$40


UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Roland Batik
(1990)
Bösendorfer
Camerata ~$100


UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Kristian Bezuidenhout
(2009? -2014)
Harmonia Mundi

[Paul McNulty fortepianos]
(individ. volumes)

UK | DE | FR









Jeffry Biegel
(2008?-2014?)
E1, vol.1 ~$15


UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Jeffry Biegel
(2008?-2014?)
E1, vol.1 ~$15


UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Anton Walter, 1785; Louis Dulcken, 1790;  Anton Walter c.1795
Malolm Bilson
(1988-90)
Hungaroton (oop)

[Walter & Dulcken fortepianos]

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Christian Blackshaw
(2012)
Wigmore Hall Live
4 volumes á $25

UK | DE | FR




available at Amazon
Ronald Brautigam
(Aug. 1996)
(complete sonatas)
BIS ~$45
[McNulty fortepianos]

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Ronald Brautigam
(Aug. 1996 [Sonatas])
(comp. solo keyboard wks.)
BIS ~$27
[McNulty fortepianos]

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Alfred Brendel
(1975-2008)
Decca/Eloquence
7 CDs
~$20 [incomplete]

UK | DE | (FR)








available at Amazon
Aldo Ciccolini
(19XX?-19XX?)
Koch, oop
6 volumes


UK | DE | (FR)



available at Amazon
Marta Deyanova
(1989-1990)
Nimbus ~€30



UK | DE | FR











available at Amazon
Performed on a 1966 model Steinway
François Dumont
(2008)
Anima ~€45

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Michael Endres
(1998)
Arte Nova ~$25 (oop)

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Michael Endres
(1998)
Oehms ~$30

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon

Karl Engel
(1980-82)
Teldec ~$60

UK | DE | FR




available at Amazon
Philippe Entremont
(1982-1985)
Reproducing Bösendorfer
ProArte
v.1 ~$3 (oop)
US | UK | DE | FR
v.2 ~$3 (oop)
US | UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Christoph Eschenbach
(1967-70)
DG 1993 ~$23 (oop)


UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Christoph Eschenbach
(1967-70)
DG Collectors Ed. 1999 ~$25


UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Christoph Eschenbach
(1967-70)
+ 4 Hand, Violin Sonatas
DG Collectors Ed. 2014 ~$32

UK | DE | FR




available at Amazon
Homero Francesch
(ca. 1990?)
KontraPunkt ~$100 (oop)

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Reine Gianoli
(1953-55)
Doremi (Westminster) ~$55

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Walter Gieseking
(1953-54)
EMI ~$70

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Liv Glaser
(???)
Simax (oop)

UK | DE | FR




available at Amazon
Glenn Gould
(1965-74)
CBS/Sony ~$100


UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Glenn Gould
(1965-74)
Glenn Gould Edition
Sony ~$20

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Glenn Gould
(1965-74)
Glenn Gould Collection
Sony ~$23

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Friedrich Gulda
(1948-99)
DG ~$30
[incomplete]

UK | DE | FR





available at Amazon

Ingrid Haebler I
(1963-67)
Philips (oop)


US | UK | DE | FR
Tower-Japan/Decca
US | UK | DE | FR




available at Amazon

Ingrid Haebler II
(1986-91)
Denon ~$55 (Japan)



UK | DE | FR




available at Amazon
Tuija Hakkila
(1993-96)
Finlandia ~$100 (oop)
[Fortepiano(s)]
avail. individ. in Europe
UK | DE | FR




available at Amazon
Éric Heidsieck
(1990-1992)
Victor Japan
5 individ. vol.

UK | DE | FR




available at Amazon
Miki Hirano
(2000s??)
Camerata (oop-ish)
6 individ. vol.
UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Mieczyslaw Horszowski
(1960-69)
Arbiter ~$80

v.1: US | UK | DE | FR
v.2: US | UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Seung-Yeun Huh
(????-2011?)
Ars Musici ~$60 (oop?)

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Jenő Jandó
(1990-1991)
Naxos ~$45 (oop)

avail. individ.
UK | DE | FR




available at Amazon
Peter Katin
(~1988?)
Olympia/Musical Heritage (oop)

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Peter Katin
(~1988?)
Alatara ~$60

UK | DE | FR












available at Amazon
Walter Klien
(1964?)
Vox ~$28
vo. 1:
US | UK | DE | FR
vol. 2:
US | UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Lili Kraus I
(1954)
Haydn Society/
Music Arts ~$31

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Lili Kraus I
(1954)
Compl. Reco. 1933-58
Parlophone/Warner ~$70

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Lili Kraus II
(1967-68)
RCA/Sony 1991 Jp. ~$50


UK | DE | FR




available at Amazon
Lili Kraus II
(1967-68)
RCA/Sony 1991
Legendary Interp. (oop)


UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Lili Kraus II
(1967-68)
RCA/Sony 2003
Columbia Legends (oop)


UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Lili Kraus II
(1967-68)
RCA/Sony 2003
Compl. Coll. (oop)


UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Lili Kraus II
(1967-68)
RCA/Sony 2015
Masters ~$20


UK | DE | FR




available at Amazon
Alicia de Larrocha
(1989-91)
RCA/Sony
Complete Coll. (oop)

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon.
Alicia de Larrocha
(1989-91)
RCA/Sony Masters ~$20

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Kyung Sook Lee
(????)
Paradiso (mp3 only?)

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Hans Leygraf
(1981-84)
dB Productions ~$80

UK | DE | FR




available at Amazon
Heidi Lowy
(1962?)
Musical Heritage Society ~20

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Alexei Lubimov
(1990)
Erato ~$28
[fortepianos]
UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Roberte Mamou
(~1990)
Pavane/Ligia ~$64

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Siegfried Mauser
(1995, 2012-13?)
Celestial Harmonies ~$32

UK | DE | FR




available at Amazon
Leon McCawley
(2005-06)
Avie ~$30



UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Meiko Miyazawa
(????)
Trio Records (?, mp3 only)


UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Ikuyo Nakamichi
(ca. 2012?)
RCA Japan ~$180 (Import)


UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Anthony Newman
(1988/9?)
[fortepianos]
Newport Classics (oop)
Individ. vol.
UK | DE | FR




available at Amazon
Ichiro Nodaira
(2009-2012)
Live Notes (Japan only)
5 individ. volumes

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Mehmet Okonsar
(????)
CD Baby (self published)


UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Bart van Oort
(2004-05)
Fortepianos
Brilliant Classics ~$21

UK | DE | FR



available at Amazon
Vlado Perlemutter
(1956, mono)
Vox/Musical Concepts ~$24

[incomplete]

UK | DE | FR




available at Amazon
Carmen Piazzini
(1989-90?)
Prima La Musica/Line Music/Cantus Classics




available at Amazon
Carmen Piazzini
(1989-90?)
Membran/Quadromania





available at Amazon
Carmen Piazzini
(1989-90?)
Hera, 2 Audio-DVDs
[includes Concertos]




available at Amazon
Daniel-Ben Pienaar
(2008-2009)
Avie






available at Amazon
Maria João Pires
(1974)
Denon




available at Amazon
Maria João Pires
(1974)
Brilliant




available at Amazon
Maria João Pires
(1989-90)
DG (1991)




available at Amazon
Maria João Pires
(1989-90)
DG (2006)





available at Amazon
Gitti Pirner
(1996-99)
Farao




available at Amazon
Georges Pludermacher
(1991)
Harmonia Mundi





available at Amazon
Jean-Bernard Pommier
(1982)
Virgin Classics









available at Amazon
Siegbert Rampe
(2004-2007)
m|DG 12 Volumes
[Compl. keyboard wks.,
var. historic instruments]




available at Amazon
Ránki-Kocsis v.1
Dezső Ránki
(1978-79)
Hungaroton
[On a Steinway D]




available at Amazon
Ránki-Kocsis v.2
Zoltán Kocsis
(1978-79)
Hungaroton
[On a Steinway B]




available at Amazon
Elizabeth Rich
(~1998)
Connoisseur Society
[Hamburg Steinway]






available at Amazon
Fazi Say
(2014/15?)
Warner















available at Amazon
András Schiff
(1980)
Decca






available at Amazon
Arthur Schoonderwoerd
(2005-2009)
Accent
[Original Instruments]




available at Amazon
Gilbert Schuchter
(1975-1978)
Tudor, 9 discs
[Complete keyboard works]



available at Amazon
Carl Seeman
(1949-1955)
DG






available at Amazon
Ludwig Sémerjian
(2004?-2006)
ATMA Classique
[fortepianos]
5 of 6 volumes




available at Amazon
Robert Silverman
(2010)
IsoMike
SACDs




available at Amazon
Clara Sverner
(2002? - 2009?)
Azul Music
[5 volumes]









available at Amazon
Colin Tilney
(~2000-2004?)
Doremi
[6 volumes, fortepiano(s)]




available at Amazon
Martino Tirimo
(2005-06)
Heritage/Regis














available at Amazon
Yasuko Toba
(2004-?)
King Records
[4? volumes]





available at Amazon
Gabriele Tomasello
(2012-TBD)
Acte Préalable
[2 volumes so far]





available at Amazon
Zeynep Ucbasaran "Early"
(2008)
Eroica
[set completed by two further single discs…]




available at Amazon
Zeynep Ucbasaran "Late"
(2008)
Eroica
[…Eroica 3222 and 3311]






available at Amazon
Mitsuko Uchida
(1983-87)
Philips
1991






available at Amazon
Mitsuko Uchida
(1983-87)
Philips
Complete Mozart Ed. 1991






available at Amazon
Mitsuko Uchida
(1983-87)
Philips
Complete Mozart Ed. 2000
All Keyboard Works w/Haebler, Koopman et al.





available at Amazon
Mitsuko Uchida
(1983-87)
Philips
2002







available at Amazon

Temenuschka Vesselinova
(1988)
ACC
[fortepiano(s)]
[3 x 2 CD sets]




available at Amazon
Mikhail Voskresensky
(2012-2014)
Moscow Conservatory






available at Amazon
Klara Würtz
(1998)
Brilliant
(2005)





available at Amazon
Klara Würtz
(1998)
Brilliant
(2010)







available at Amazon

William Youn
(2013-TBD)
Oehms
[4 vol. so far]





available at Amazon

Christian Zacharias
(1983-1984?)
EMI 1990






available at Amazon

Christian Zacharias
(1983-1984?)
EMI 1995






available at Amazon

Christian Zacharias
(1983-1984?
EMI 2011

































11 comments:

Tom Guidera said...

Hello, JFL,

I'd point to Klara Würtz and her complete Mozart Sonatas, on Brilliant, 2010.

Thank you.

Keep up the great work.

jfl said...

Thanks for the comment. She's definitely on my radar... alas, at "W", she'll have to wait a little while. In fact, she's third-to-last on my (alphabetical) list.

FRED said...

I think Mejoueva has just finished a set. Excellent. Plus don't forget Clara Sverner - also superb

jfl said...

Thanks much, Fred! Will include those when I get to it. Cheers & best,

Jens

jfl said...

Fred: I'm still not seeing more than two volumes of Mozart from Mejoueva on Denon... do you know about more than that? Thanks & cheers,

Jens

Gurn Blanston said...

Massive number of sets! Some very interesting interpretations exist in less than complete sets, too many to keep track of, I guess, but the 2 disk "Mozart: The Vienna Years" by Immerseel on Vivarte, and the 2 disk "Mozart Sonatas" by Staier on HM are both very interesting but will probably never be a full cycle. Thanks for all the great info. Tilney, hmmm.....

Gurn 8^)

jfl said...

Thanks for the comment, Gurn. Among interesting-but-not-a-set, I'd also include Pletnev (Dip Your Ears No.53), but of course a very different direction than Staier & Immerseel.

Who'd have thought that the 'underrated' or even 'lesser' (Paul Johnson) Mozart Sonatas have almost as many recordings (81 as of now) as the grand Beethoven sonatas (96 as per my count). Granted, the latter's a much more daunting undertaking, at roughly 3 times the music...

Tom Guidera said...

Jens, Thank you so much for collecting all of these. It's a great resource, beautifully arranged, and a wonderful achievement on your part.

I'm going to look at the hyperlink in your last comment hoping to see something about the Beethoven cycles.

Keep up the great work.

jfl said...

Dear Tom,

thanks ever so much for the kind words - they are MUCH appreciated, indeed. I hope you have found the Beethoven Survey similarly helpful.

Best,

Jens

Marco Albrizio said...

Thank you for your list, my recordings of Mozart's Piano Sonatas were performed on Bosendorfer and Bechstein pianos in the years 1988-1991, and published by Sheva collection in 2011 under the Patronage of the Austrian Embassy in Rome.
Marco Albrizio

jfl said...

Dear Mr. Albrizio,

thanks much for the info which I'll see to incorporate.

Cheers & best,

jfl