Performing Mozart.


Mozart: Piano Sonatas.

For me, Mozart’s music is timeless: It was composed during the period 1756-1791, yet it is seemingly as current today as it has been for the past 250 years. Amazing, really…

And think about the music performance environment: There are many established, well-known pianists who are performing these works today. Artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Angela Hewitt, Emanuel Ax, and many more.

And then there are terrific younger pianists such as Jonathan Biss, Alessio Bax, Lise De la Salle, and others who are working to demonstrate their own capabilities in interpreting this music.

As such, the challenge for lesser – known interpreters is to deeply penetrate music that was composed really long ago, and ask: “How can I find something fresh, something meaningful, or something that the other interpreters have possibly missed?”

British pianist Christian Blackshaw shared the following thoughts:

“What glories then are contained in this cycle of works by Mozart? For me, they imbue the spirit with joy, laughter, sadness, contemplation, and exhilaration: the challenge always is to give full life to their individual character. For the new listener, what wonderful surprises await. For the well-acquainted listener, how fortunate to return to them eager to be enchanted again.”

On this CD, we get to listen to the following:


  • Piano Sonata No. 3 in B flat, K281
  • Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major K282
  • Piano Sonata No. 5 in G, K283
  • Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330
  • Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K333

Performed by Christian Blackshaw, piano.

Here is Christian Blackshaw playing Mozart’s beautiful Sonata in C major K330 (1st Movement – Allegro Moderato):


As a comparison, here is pianist Daniel Barenboim, playing the same Mozart Sonata in C Major, K,330:



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