His 18 piano sonatas can be described as the secret stars of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s extensive œuvre – they were often important areas of experimentation, which in Mozart’s short biography describe a development from early rococo to classical maturity, in which he explored new compositional techniques and then later transferred these to the larger genres. This is exemplified by the three works now recorded by Amy Lin in her familiar sensitive manner: the sonata K. 333 emphasises the lyrical and pastoral. In K. 284, the 18-year-old composer establishes the alternation between “quasi-tutti” based on the orchestral writing and soloistic passages in dialogue-like interplay. The famous C minor Sonata K. 457, which Beethoven admired so much, shows a completely different, darkly dramatic tone and thus Mozart’s fascinating stylistic diversity in this genre as well.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Klaviersonate Nr. 13 B-Dur, KV 333
Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-fl at Major
Sonate pour piano N°13 en si bémol majeur
1. I Allegro 7:12
2. II Andante cantabile 11:20
3. III Allegretto grazioso 6:26
Klaviersonate Nr. 14 c-Moll, KV 457
Piano Sonata No. 14 in c minor
Sonate pour piano N°14 en ut mineur
4. I Molto allegro 8:09
5. II Adagio 7:15
6. III Allegro assai 4:23
Klaviersonate Nr. 6 D-Dur KV 284
Piano Sonata No. 6 in D Major
Sonate pour piano N°6 en ré majeur
7. I Allegro 5:22
8. II Rondeau en Polonaise 4:37
9. III Tema con variazioni 15:19
Total time: 1:10:09

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