Alicia de Larrocha made several LPs of Mozart’s solo piano music for Decca between 1973 and 1986. In a series of recordings on Decca Eloquence, reissued to celebrate her artistry, this 3CD set brings together, for the first time, all her solo Mozart – nine sonatas, the D major Rondo, and the D minor and C minor Fantasias (both recordings of the C minor – 1973 and 1986 are included in this set). The CDs are filled out with her two Haydn recordings for Decca – the F minor Variations and the D major Concerto. The booklet includes colour reproductions of four of the LP sleeves pertaining to this release.
“refreshing … what a lovely Mozartian touch she has – each individual note glistens … each one of the variations [in KV 331] is very keenly characterized … Good marks to the engineers for such limpid tonal reproduction” (K331 / K475 / 485) - “played with grace and refinement [Haydn Variations] … considerable warmth of feeling is apparent” (K311 / K330 / K397 / Haydn Variations) - “effortless … this doyenne of Spanish pianists knows how to tap the lyrical source to so much of Mozart’s invention and how to sing like a nightingale. She invites us to listen; but her tone of voice is never over-insistent. … All credit to Decca for the warm and lifelike sound” (K332 / K545 / K576) - “It is not easy to make Mozart’s earlier sonatas sound more than accomplished and fluent, but this great Spanish artist brings out all the tenderness and humanity of this unpretentious little work [KV 282]; and she plays the great A minor with a sense of commitment and understanding that is far more telling than the stormy, melodramatic approach adopted by many lesser pianists” (K282 / K310) - “[Larrocha] plays the Mozart sonatas with great authority and conviction … she seems to see this C minor drama through Beethoven’s sturdy eyes.” (K457 / K475) Gramophone