Peter Katin

Mozart: The Complete Piano Sonatas

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English pianist Peter Katin recorded Mozart's complete piano sonatas in just nine months in the late '80s in Norway's Ski Church Hall, and the freshness of his playing and the concentration of his performances bear witness to the tightness of that schedule. Armed with a first-class technique and a disciplined mind, Katin approaches these high classical works in a decidedly modern manner. With brisk tempos, crisp textures, and few added melodic embellishments, Katin's playing is streamlined almost to the point of straightforwardness. But only almost: there's a keen understanding of the style plus an uncanny ability to articulate Mozart's unique blend of expressive elegance and formal perfection in Katin's performances, which makes them superb examples of objective music-making at its best. Fans of more subjective Mozart players such as Lupu and Perahia may dissent, but fans of purists such as Brendel and Schiff will find much to enjoy here.

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