Aldo Ciccolini

Aldo’s Mozart


  • Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K331 ‘Alla Turca’
  • Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K333
  • Piano Sonata No. 2 in F, K280

Performed by Aldo Ciccolini (piano)
Over the course of his 60-year career, Aldo Ciccolini has established an intimate relationship with the great composers. Now aged 85, he takes a fresh look at one of the greatest and says “I understand Mozart now”.

For this recording Aldo Ciccolini plunged into the past, to his earliest years: he says that with the Bechstein piano he rediscovers “the sound of my childhood” and that this new energy does justice to the impetuous spirit of an untamed genius.

Although he has played and replayed these three sonatas for so many years, they suddenly rise to new heights, borne of a deep relationship between the two masters. It took Mozart 17 years to write these sonatas; it took Ciccolini 85 to transcend them: “I have these three sonatas in me from my soul to my fingertips,” he says.

“Mozart does me good. He helps me to live.” ……………Aldo Ciccolini

Italian – born pianist Aldo Ciccolini began studies at the Naples Conservatory in 1934 at the age of nine. While there, he studied piano with Paolo Denza, a pupil of Ferruccio Busoni. Today, Ciccolini is particularly celebrated as an interpreter and advocate of the piano music of French and Spanish composers. His discography of over 100 recordings includes the complete sonatas of Mozart and Beethoven and two separate cycles of the complete piano works of Erik Satie. Still an active performer and recording artist well into his eighties, as recently as 2002 Ciccolini was awarded the Diapason d Or for his recording of the solo piano works of Janácek.

This new disc from La Dolce Volta features three favorite Mozart sonatas including the ‘Turkish March’ and finds the celebrated pianist still on top form.

Track Listings

  • 1. Andante grazioso (Sonata no. 11, Marche Turque K.331)
  • 2. Menuetto
  • 3. Alla Turca: allegretto
  • 4. Allegro assai (Sonata no. 3, K. 280)
  • 5. Adagio
  • 6. Presto
  • 7. Allegro (Sonata No. 13, Linz K. 333)
  • 8. Andante cantabile
  • 9. Allegretto grazioso

Here is Aldo Ciccolini, performing the Mozart Sonata in la maggiore, K331



Here he is again, playing Debussy; click HERE to listen

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