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Mozart Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3

by Mehmet Okonsar

Disc number 3 of the five CD set: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, complete piano sonatas by Mehmet Okonsar.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sonata No. 9 in A Minor, K. 330: I. Allegro maestoso
5:26 $1.99
2. Sonata No. 9 in A Minor, K. 330: II. Andante cantabile con espressione
8:17 $1.99
3. Sonata No. 9 in A Minor, K. 330: III. Presto
2:52 $1.99
4. Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330: I. Allegro moderato
5:47 $1.99
5. Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330: II. Andante cantabile
6:18 $1.99
6. Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330: III. Allegretto
5:20 $1.99
7. Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331: I. Andante grazioso (6 Variations)
10:30 $1.99
8. Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331: II. Menuetto
7:25 $1.99
9. Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331: III. "Alla Turca", Allegretto
4:17 $1.99
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Album Notes
The Sonata in A-minor K. 310 is a dramatic piece. The Allegro maestoso is full of tragic effects and audacious harmonic clashes. This gets to an apex, when in the development section, the tension is raised with shocking dissonances. Despite the smiling beginning of the Andante cantabile con espressione most of the middle movement remains also tragic in general feeling. The final Presto is one of the rare rondos composed in a minor key.

Beneath its naive aspect, the Sonata in C-major K. 330 shows a remarkable melodic inventiveness. The Allegro moderato is based on numerous motives which are not present in the short development. The Andante cantabile is new in the series because of its "lied" form which comprises a center section in the minor key. The charming Allegretto is like a rondo elaborated as a sonata with multiple themes.

One of the best known sonatas in the series is the so-called "Turkish march" Sonata in A-major K. 331. It is a free form work and the only one which does not include a typical "sonata allegro". By their spirit the three movements are a sort of hommage to France, a country who actually did not welcomed Mozart. The beginning Allegro is replaced by a theme and variations.

The theme is from a German lied. In its variations which include a minor one and an Adagio one, Mozart deploys a real virtuosity. The Menuetto with its Trio in D major is a noble and grand piece. The most celebrated "Alla turca, Allegretto" ends this sonata, obviously more French than Turkish.

Mehmet Okonsar, pianist, composer, conductor and musicologist is the First Prize Winner at the International Young Virtuosos Competition, Antwerp, Belgium, 1982 and laureate of other prestigious international piano competitions such as the Gina Bachauer, Sixth Prize, Salt Lake City-UT, 1991 and J. S. Bach, Second Prize, Paris, France 1989.

He is graduated from the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music on piano, composition and orchestration. He studied with Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden and Madame Jacqueline Fontyn. He has been a pupil of Alexis Weissenberg.

Mehmet Okonsar performed in major concert halls in Europe, North America and Japan both solo and orchestral. He was special guest judge for the National Piano Competition of Japan (1999) P.T.N.A. (To-On). His researches in music related technologies were broadcast in a series of documentaries presented by the artist on the National Broadcast of Turkey (TRT).

Mr. Okonsar is a prolific composer of orchestral, chamber, choral and piano music. His composing line is highly avant-garde and complex. Also a musicologist, writer and lecturer, Mr. Okonsar's writings are published in English and French and he is lecturing on music, composing and related technology.

His recital programs are usually highly eclectic and often thematic mixing works by A. Webern, A. Berg, I. Stravinsky, K. Stockhausen, P. Boulez and L. Berio with the more traditional piano repertoire.



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