Comparing performances of Mozart Sonata in C, K. 545, Movement 1, Allegro (Tempo, alone can make a big difference)

Over time, when we return to a piece that is well-learned, and in some cases has become a bit too predictable without a touch of inspiration, a revitalized, updated version might be worth a try.

In this regard, I’m always re-recording time-honored pieces periodically, to refresh them.

To broaden my perspective, I search You Tube performances for ideas.

Starting with my newest playing that followed by an older rendition, I branched out to other readings for insight about tempo and interpretation.

NEW:

Old:

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The editions used by these pianists are unknown:

Christoph Eschenbach (Takes fast tempo)

Why is the second theme played so loudly? And what about accents in the the bass over measures 5to 6; 6 to 7, etc?

Claudia Arrau (slower tempo) Plays the 16ths scales slightly detached. Executes longer trill on the initial ornament. (If you play slower, that’s a lot easier to do)

A bit Romanticized here and there. Has a few jarring cadences where he accents the tonic resolutions which I don’t comprehend. Notice his poco ritardando to the recap of the theme in F Major. (That makes sense)

Mitsuko Uchida

I like her tempo and overall performance.(Nice contrasting second theme) Notice different articulations, however, as compared to the other renderings, and a clipped staccato that I don’t understand. That’s the only part that tweaks my ears, perhaps, because I’m accustomed to the longer staccato of the Classical period. But up for debate. (It does change the character of the movement)

Sviatoslav Richter

Lovely Mozartean tone–refined, beautiful, and tempo seems just right.

Which is your favorite?

About Shirley Kirsten

International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: shirley_kirsten@yahoo.com OR http://www.youtube.com/arioso7 or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, http://facebook.com /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: http://twitter.com/arioso7 Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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2 Responses to Comparing performances of Mozart Sonata in C, K. 545, Movement 1, Allegro (Tempo, alone can make a big difference)

  1. Mae says:

    I like Uchida’s very much and it plays on the CBC radio channel often. I also like Marc Andre Hamelin’s. This performance blew me away – http://youtu.be/MH0mpK_02s4 He has a very soft , effortless but very powerful touch.

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