Having already tackled the likes of Liszt, Chopin and Godowsky, Ian Holtham continues his exploration of the virtuoso piano repertoire with this new CD for Move.
Holtham's Mozart starts with the well-known composer's cheeky and engaging variations on the well-known French nursery tune, "Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman" (K. 265) - what we know as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Also featured are the two early Rondos, and the demanding D Major (K. 311) and A minor (K. 310) sonatas from Mozart's late period.
Professor Ian Holtham is one of the most distinguished and highly regarded pianists and pedagogues in Australia and his performances of the great Classical and Romantic repertoire have played to packed houses and rave reviews for many years.
“Holtham's crispness of detail and clarity of texture are unfailingly enjoyable ... the listening experience is enriched by a sense of bar-by-bar discovery towards a clearly perceived destination.” ★★★★
— Bob Crimeen, Sunday Herald Sun
“Ian Holtham's Mozart will leave listeners breathless and in awe of his majestic talent.”
— The Daily Examiner NSW
“one of Australia's most exciting pianists.”
— New Classics, UK
“The program has been well chosen ... it's lovely and allows Holtham to demonstrate his outstanding technical skills ... The recording is up to Move's usual high standard”
— Lesley Sly, Australian Hi-Fi
“formidable technique ... This Mozart recital exhibits a fine control with impressive tonal shading ... altogether a thoroughly satisfying collection.”
— Gordon Ramage, Arpeggio Classical CDs NZ
- Variations on "Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman", K. 265 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 11:46
- Variations on "La belle Françoise", K. 353 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 13:29
- Rondo in D major, K. 485 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 5:55
- Rondo in A minor, K. 511 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 9:55
- Allegro con spirito 4:14
- Andante con espressione 5:30
- Rondo Allegro 6:32
- Allegro maestoso 5:32
- Andante cantabile con espressione 7:02
- Presto 2:52
Sonata in D major, K. 311 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata in A minor, K. 310 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Ian Holtham · piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers.