Mozart: Sonatas For Four Hands

Nicolas van Poucke, Thomas Beijer

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Pianists Thomas Beijer and Nicolas van Poucke belong to the top of the young generation. Both have been showered with prestigious awards in recent years and Beijer recently received the Dutch Music Prize. The musicians have known each other for over 15 years and are good friends.

It is almost obvious that Beijer and Van Poucke are also active with quatre-mains playing. For years, they have performed repertoire by Mozart and Schubert: their first recital took place at Amsterdam’s Bethaniënklooster in 2012 and other concerts have followed regularly since. During the corona pandemic, the pianists decided to turn their focus to some of Mozart’s four-handed sonatas. They did a number of performances with them and recorded three sonatas for the adventurous TRPTK label: KV 358, KV 497 and KV 521.

The album is exclusively available in Stereo and 5 Channel DSD 256 and DSD 128 plus Stereo DSD 512 at NativeDSD. The album is also available in Stereo and 5 Channel DSD 64 and DXD plus an Auro 3D edition in 5.1.4 Immersive Audio.

“We really love Mozart for its playfulness and humor: it’s a combination of human lyricism with all the crazy stuff,” Beijer says. “For me, it was once the first composer who really speaks to you. His music touches you and is full of life,” Van Poucke adds. “You can see references to his other work in his quatre-mains compositions,” the pianists note. “For instance, in KV 521 there are references to the Jupiter Symphony and you hear echoes from Don Giovanni in KV 497. KV 358 is a truly youthful work: a short and whimsical divertimento.”

“For us, this album is the document of a deep friendship. With this production, we really went to the limit in terms of the quality of the performance and the recording technique. The main thing was that the music had to keep sounding spontaneous and alive,” Beijer and Van Poucke conclude. “We look back on it very positively and our wish is that the pleasure we experienced with the music will also spill over to the listener.”

Thomas Beijer – Piano
Nicholas van Poucke – Piano

Tracklist

1.
Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in B Major, KV 358: I. Allegro
04:15
2.
Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in B Major, KV 358: II. Adagio
05:53
3.
Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in B Major, KV 358: III. Molto presto
03:08
4.
Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in F Major, KV 497: I. Adagio - Allegro di molto
09:16
5.
Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in F Major, KV 497: II. Andante
11:21
6.
Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in F Major, KV 497: III. Allegro
08:02
7.
Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in C Major, KV 521: I. Allegro
09:21
8.
Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in C Major, KV 521: II. Andante
07:27
9.
Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in C Major, KV 521: III. Allegretto
07:30

Total time: 01:06:13

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Release Date November 11, 2022

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