November 23, 2022
Gramophone Review: Mozart Piano Sonatas Vol. 2 & 3

Gramophone Review

MOZART Piano Sonatas Vols 2 & 3 (Orli Shaham)
By Jed Distler

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The stylish intelligence and pianistic refinement distinguishing the first volume in Orli Shaham’s Mozart piano sonata cycle (released in 2020) continues into Vols 2 and 3. She rightly brings out the operatic subtext of the A minor Sonata, K310, probing the Allegro maestoso’s gnawing dissonances and generating tension through dynamic understatement in the Presto finale. Her beautifully sung-out Andante cantabile manages to be expansive and flexible without losing shape or continuity. In the opening Allegro of the F major Sonata, K332, Shaham gives distinct character and breathing room to each theme, and astutely brings out the composer’s cross-rhythmic phrase groupings. The Allegro assai’s vertiginous runs truly scintillate yet never lapse into square regularity; sophisticated accent placement and subtle elongations keep the listener guessing, so to speak.


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