Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Anderson, Rick, Notes
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Auerbach Plays Mozart: Complete Keyboard Works from Ages 5 to 9. Lera Auerbach. Arabesque Z6795, 2004.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Early String Quartets & Divertimenti. Cuarteto Casals. Harmonia Mundi HMl 987060.62, 2005.
Both of these releases feature music written by Mozart during his early childhood and adolescence. The Auerbach disc presents the entirety of two notebooks containing music composed by the young Mozart and transcribed by his father: the first, known as Nannerl's Notebook (named for his beloved older sister), consists of brief pieces composed between 1761 and 1763, when the boy was between the ages of five and seven, and the second is the London Notebook, which contains more complex and advanced pieces written by the stillprepubescent Mozart while he was under the tutelage of Johann Christian Bach in England. The recording by the Cuarteto Casals focuses on the earliest string quartets in Mozart's oeuvre, beginning with K. 80 (written in a single night when the composer was fourteen years old) and ending with K. 173, which was composed three years later.
The subject of Mozart's preternatural musical talent has been so thoroughly flogged over the course of the last two centuries that it hardly seems worth bringing up again, even at the time of his 250th birthday. And so many jaded critics have pointed out the relatively low level of sophistication on display in these very early piano works that one takes a real risk in publicly expressing enthusiasm for them. But to …
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Publication information: Article title: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Contributors: Anderson, Rick - Author. Journal title: Notes. Volume: 62. Issue: 4 Publication date: June 2006. Page number: 1043+. © 2009 Music Library Association, Inc. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.