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Friday, 24 March 2006


Steve Bates

Ah, K.330... no work better exemplifies Schnabel's description of Mozart's sonatas: "The sonatas of Mozart are unique: too easy for children, too difficult for adults. Children are given Mozart to play because of the quantity of notes; grown-ups avoid him because of the quality of notes." Like most students of a certain young age, I learned K.330, and could rip through the passagework with abandon. But it takes someone like Barenboim to evoke the music Mozart gave us along with all those notes. Schnabel was right, and I seldom even read through K.330 these days, preferring instead to hear a good recorded performance. Thanks for the memory, though.

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