I love the line from the movie Amadeus where the actor playing Mozart says to the composer Salieri:
“When one hears such sounds…one can only think: Salieri…”
Of course, he meant it as a double meaning, but in the case of Mozart, one can truly say that his sound is unmistakeable.
It is a challenge to play this music. The pianist Vladimir Horowitz called Mozart the most difficult of all the music to play.
One of the reasons is that it is so pure. Like a mountain stream or powdery white morning snow…Any smudge, any note played without the right approach will sound like an ear sore.
So it is with a great deal of contemplation and a healthy dose of humility that I approach a project that has been on my bucket list for a long time now: to record the Complete Mozart Piano Sonatas.
Mozart wrote18 Piano Sonatas and the first was written coincidentally when he was only 18.
The first recording will feature Sonatas 1-4 and is scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2020.
I will be chronicling the behind-the-scenes process which is always for me interesting and I hope it will be for you too.
Here is the first video diary called ‘No Ladyfingers.’ Watch now to learn why it has that rather mysterious title.