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David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2013

With so many recordings of Mozart’s sonatas in the catalogue, it is still good to hear such unaffected performances that faithfully reflect the printed score’s intent. It is Mozart seen through the modern keyboard, and is not without a free flowing approach to the lyrical lines in which the Eleventh abounds. There is also a nice feel of spontaneity in the outer movements of this ‘live’ performance, Biret musing on the beauty of the central Minuet before embarking on the familiar finale that sparkles but is never hurried. The Fourteenth is equally persuasive, the level of rubato we normally hear in the outer movements here used most judiciously, the decorations to the melodic line added as gentle filigree. She does use a wide dynamic range that points to the advent of the Beethoven era, and which has become common among highly regarded recordings. She does, at times, use a more outgoing approach to the C minor Fantasia, a companion piece to the Fourteenth sonata in the same key, her playing both crisp and elegant. Lovely disc for Biret’s many admirers. © 2013 David’s Review Corner

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