, April 2012
Recorded from 1988 to 1990, this 3-disc set features Daniel Barenboim playing all of Mozart’s sonatas in two grandiose rooms, the Schloss Haimhausen and the Max-Joseph-Saal in Munich. Recorded for German television, this series of videos is revelatory…he gives Mozart’s piano works the attention they need. It’s fair to say that these piano sonatas are not as profound as Beethoven’s, especially the earlier ones, yet they are full of fine music, lovingly performed by Barenboim.
Barenboim comes through here as truly understanding Mozart’s musical language, even if he may not be the first pianist you would think of as a Mozart interpreter.
Barenboim’s Beethoven recordings on DVD…are a fine example of not only excellent performances and creative filming. They show a pianist who is relaxed, yet energized by his audience. I always find videos of musicians alone in ornate rooms, such as these Mozart films, a bit odd, yet once Barenboim starts playing, I can forget the surroundings.
All in all, this is a very good set to own if you like Mozart’s piano sonatas. The performances are excellent, the sound fine, and having all of Mozart’s piano sonatas in one set is a bonus. As far as I can tell, it’s the only complete set available on DVD.
With five and a half hours of pleasing music, lovingly performed by Daniel Barenboim, how could you go wrong? © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review