Mozart sonatas K. 570, 282, 333
Tall Poppies Records
Place of Publication
Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
Geoffrey Lancaster is back with another disc of Mozart Sonatas. His first for Tall Poppies (TP247) delighted the critics: “Purists have condemned these performances, but I salute a shibboleth-shattering performer and a brave recording company for sweeping away 250 years of straitlaced stylistic purity and pomposity. I will never be able to listen to these familiar pieces in quite the same way again.” Vincent Plush, The Australian, January 2018; and Andrew Ford opines: “The point is that this CD demands to be heard and will force you to think about Mozart and his music. Lancaster, I imagine, would say that this is the only reason he performs.” Inside Story, December 2017.
Including a unique Prelude for each sonata, Lancaster plays these three works with virtuosity, humour, clarity and sincerity. You might think this an odd way to describe a performance, but Lancaster embodies all these qualities and proves his outstanding musicianship along the way, and is thus out on a limb in Australian music-making. You’ve just got to have a listen!
The disc is rounded off with a deliciously colourful cover image from Melbourne artist Dean Home.