Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K. 333 (K. 315c)

    Description by Brian Robins

    One of Mozart's longest and most demanding piano sonatas, this superb work was almost certainly designed as a concert vehicle for the composer himself, rather than being intended as teaching material. Like its immediate predecessors (K. 330-332), the B flat sonata was originally believed to have been composed some years earlier than its present dating of 1783. Modern paper analysis has placed its probable composition in Linz, where Mozart and his wife Constanze stayed for three weeks in November on their return journey from Salzburg to Vienna. In a letter to his father dated October 31, Mozart told Leopold that because he would be giving a concert in the theater in Linz on November 4, he was having to write a new symphony "at breakneck speed," not having any of his other symphonies with him. The result was the Symphony No. 36 in C, K. 425("Linz"), It would seem plausible that he wrote the sonata for the same concert. In July 1784, the sonata was published in Vienna along with the Sonata in D, K. 284 and the Sonata for Piano and Violin, K. 454. The sonata is written in a concerto style, with an opening Allegro that alternates "solo" and "full" passages, bravura passage work with delicate filigree, and a final Rondo that includes a cadenza. The central Andante cantabile in E flat is clearly influenced by Mozart's experience as an opera composer; its melodies may justifiably be compared with those of a love duet.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Allegro
    2. Andante cantabile
    3. Allegretto grazioso

    Appears On

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    2015 Sony Classical 88875032222
    2015 Sony Classical 88875051802
    2015 Hyperion CDA 68029
    2015 eOne EOMCD 7758
    2015 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4822418
    2015 Supraphon SU 41902
    2014 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2014 Doremi Records DHR 8024
    2014 Orlando Records OR 0009
    2014 Wigmore Hall / Wigmore Hall Live WHLCD 0069
    2014 DG Deutsche Grammophon
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    2013
    300
    DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2013
    300
    DG Deutsche Grammophon 4790084
    2013 Accent ACC 24254
    2012 Sony Classical 88725413592
    2012 MDG / Zebralution
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    2012 Anima Records 9040001
    2011 Decca
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    2010 Denon Records
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    1993 Olympia (Classical/Jazz) 234
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