Mozart: Piano Variations, Vol. 3
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||10 Variations on the Arietta "Unser dummer Pobel meint" from the Singspiel "Die Pilgrime von Mekka", K. 455||Francesco Nicolosi||16:38||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||12 Variations in B flat major on Allegretto, K. 500||Francesco Nicolosi||11:25||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||9 Variations on a Minuet in D major by Jean Pierre Duport, K. 573||Francesco Nicolosi||15:32||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||8 Variations on "Ein Weib ist das herrlichste Ding" from the Singspiel "Der dumme Gartner", K. 613||Francesco Nicolosi||17:13||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||8 Variations on the Aria "Come un agnello" from the Opera "Fra i due litiganti" by G. Sarti, K. 460||Francesco Nicolosi||14:44||Album Only||View in iTunes|
Very good but with a caveat
Francesco Nicolosi's 3 volumes of piano variations by Mozart are very fine. One thing that I find puzzling, however, is the lack of use of the most recent scholarship on a couple of works. On Vol. 3, the work that goes under the number K. 460 has some big time authenticity questions; there is an autograph of variations on this tune by Sarti, "Come un agnello," but it has only the theme and two variations; the 8 variation version is thought by Mozart scholars to be possibly not by Mozart. (One scholar has even suggested it may be Sarti's recollection of a Mozart improvisation on Sarti's theme!) Nevertheless, it is good to hear the 8 variation version, which was not questioned until the 20th century. Nicolosi's playing is accomplished and sensitive and can be recommended highly on its own merits.