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2006 Mozart and the Twentieth Century

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring—presented here in the composer’s own arrangement for four-hand piano—has remained the twentieth century’s most notorious and consequential work since its premiere met with scandal in 1913. The sinuous dissonance of Stravinsky’s score finds solace in Mozart’s elegant Four-Hand Piano Sonata, K. 521, likely composed for an intimate salon audience of the composer’s closest friends. The disc ends with Mozart’s charming Flute Quartet, whose joyful reverie should dispel the oft-cited myth of Mozart’s distaste for the flute.

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