Richard Fuller, Fortepiano | Mozart Klavierwerke 1

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Mozart Klavierwerke 1

by Richard Fuller, Fortepiano

Richard Fuller plays Mozart on a 1795 fortepiano replica with his graceful articulation complemented by the instrument's rich tonal colour.
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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1. Sonata C major, KV 545, Allegro
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2. Sonata C major, KV 545, Andante
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3. Sonata C major, KV 545, Rondo
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4. Sonata G major, KV 283, Allegro
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5. Sonata G major, KV 283, Andante
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6. Sonata G major, KV 283, Presto
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7. Fantasy D minor, KV 397
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8. Sonata E-flat major, KV 282, Adagio
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9. Sonata E-flat major, KV 282, Menuet I & II
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10. Sonata E-flat major, KV 282 Allegro
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11. Sonata C major, KV 330, Allegro moderato
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12. Sonata C major, KV 330, Andante cantabile
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13. Sonata C major, KV 330, Allegretto
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"The performances are light, touching, unaffected, as on the first movement of K330, a sonata that many students have played. Fuller follows its naturally joyous flow, never exaggerating expressive devices, while showing some flexibility of tone and tempo." Fanfare Magazine, May/June 2002.

Richard Fuller was born in Washington State (USA), studied piano and musicology at Central Washington University and the University of Oregon. He studied harpsichord and fortepiano in San Francisco and Vienna. The emphasis of his artistic work lies in the interpretation of the piano, chamber music and the Lied repertoire of the Viennese Classical and early Romantic periods, performed on the fortepiano and clavichord.

Richard Fuller is one of the few who has sought to address himself exclusively to the interpretive potential of the fortepiano - the sensitivity and delicacy of an earlier keyboard culture - and who succeeds in convincingly projecting these qualities to the listener. His artistic work has provided a decisive impulse to the Fortepiano revival in Germany and Austria.

Since 1982, his concert appearances have led him to the musical centers of North America and Europe where he appears as soloist, accompanist and member of various chamber music ensembles. In addition he has collaborated with James Levine (and the Vienna Philharmonic), Emma Kirkby, Andrew Manze, Klaus Mertens, Claus Ocker, Festetics String Quartet (Budapest), Vienna Academy Orchestra, Musica Aeterna Bratislava, and the Vienna Fortepiano Trio.

Live concerts in radio and television, film, broadcast productions for German Radio (Cologne), North German Radio (Hamburg), Austrian National Radio, BBC and the Hungarian National Radio as well as numerous CD recordings document the artist's versatile achievements.

He was honoured in 2002 by the University of Oregon School of Music as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.


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Thomas Schoenberger

A first rate musician who's gifts are abundant!
A wonderful CD for those "Mozart purists" among us. Mr. Fuller has profound musicality.

Casey Churko

good vision, but poor execution
Nice, atmospheric Viennese historical music.
The performances demonstrate rhythmic difficulty, flucuations of tempo (sometimes within a single bar) and instability of semiquaver groupings. In part, the antique box with attachable strings is to blame. However, the up tempo movements often outrun the performer's fingers. The groove regularly becomes swampy.
The dynamic contrast is refreshing and the crisp quarter notes add levity to the dance movement. The performer attempts some improvisational diddies which are well-intentioned but ultimately fail.
Overall, the performer's vision is admirable, but the execution is lacking.
The Vienese mood is captured well but the performances fail to appease the picky.

J Scott Morrison

Klavierwerke I
I was not particularly prepared to like this release, largely because I seem to have a blind (deaf?) spot regarding the sound of the instrument involved, the fortepiano. Too often, for me, the sound of the fortepiano sounds perilously close to that of a toy piano tinkling away when what I'd prefer is the strong sound of the modern pianoforte. Still, listening to this CD I was charmed by the sound which is actually quite appealing without being quaint. That is to say, there is strength to the tone even though one would never mistake it for that of a modern Steinway.

But more important is the playing of Richard Fuller. Fuller is an American fortepianist and clavichordist who specializes in the music of the Viennese Classical and early Romantic periods. He ably demonstrates the wide range of expression and dynamic of the fortepiano, adding discreet ornaments and lightly elaborated cadences as presumably Mozart himself or other late 18th-century instrumentalists would have done. The result of both his approach and the sound of the instrument is that these sonatas which, in the words of Anthony Newman, are 'miniaturized' when played on a modern grand piano, emerge as subtle but strong works. Even the first sonata -- the ever-familiar Sonata in C, K.545 -- is heard as the potent work it truly is, not the miniature as performed by beginning piano students. The performances of the four sonatas, plus the fine Fantasy in D Minor -- one of Mozart's towering keyboard works -- are both light and intense. Don't ask me how Fuller manages that seeming contradiction.

This recording was originally released on an obscure German label. It and two subsequent Fuller Mozart Klavierwerk CDs were remastered and re-released by Palatine Records. It's well worth hearing.

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