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(Photo: Sabine Weiss)
(monophonic) (German)



Forgotten Records
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RCA Victor LSC-2354 (Stereo) [also remastered and released on CD]
RCA Victor
LM-2354 (Mono)
RCA Victor LM-2354-C (Mono) (German)
Forgotten Records fr-680 (Stereo) (
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Mozart Fantasia in C minor (K475)
Mozart Sonata No. 14 in C minor (K457)
Mozart Sonata No. 10 in C major (K330)

Music/MP3

Fantasia in C minor (K475)

Adagio / 01_mozart_fantasia_k475.mp3

Sonata No. 14 in C minor (K457)

1. Allegro / 02_mozart_sonata_14_molto_allegro_1st.mp3
2. Adagio / 03_mozart_sonata_14_adagio_2nd.mp3

3. Assai Allegro / 04_mozart_sonata_14_assai_allegro_3rd.mp3

Sonata No. 10 in C major (K330)

1. Allegro / 05_mozart_sonata_10_allegro_moderato_1st.mp3
2. Andante Cantabile / 06_mozart_sonata_10_andante_cantabile_2nd.mp3
3. Allegretto / 07_mozart_sonata_10_allegretto_3rd.mp3

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Review on MusicWeb International Website
A review of the CD reissue of this record by Forgotten Records (fr-680) appeared on the MusicWeb International website on March 4, 2014. Written by Stephen Greenbank, this review includes: "The C minor Fantasie K475 was published in December 1785 together with the Sonata in C minor, K457. The two works are often paired in performance, as they are here. The Fantasie has many different changes in tempi and traverses a spectrum of modulations. The pianist carries this work off superbly, maintaining the line and narrative throughout the small dramas." Read More.

Recording Date(s):
26, 27, 28 January 1959

Recording Location:
RCA Studios, New York City, USA

Release Date:
August, 1959

Reissue Date:
May, 2012 by Forgotten Records
Also includes Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 25 (K.503)

Known Details:
André was in the USA from January through April 1959 fulfilling concert dates set in the previous season, and completing three recording sessions for RCA: January, March, and April. This recording is from the January 1959 recording sessions. At the end of April 1959 André returned to England and never played another recital in the USA for the rest of his life. And he was just 23 years old. He was dropped by his concert manager in the USA, Sol Hurok, he was dropped by RCA as a recording artist, and André refused any and all invitations to play in the USA.

André's future manager in Europe, Terry Harrison, of Harrison/Parrott, suggests what went wrong for André in the USA:

"André just couldn't stand the way America worked, with society ladies, the rich, and the newly rich. He was expected to be more than a pianist. He was supposed to play and have a public profile while in town, and felt that Hurok had sold them on the fact that he had this unfortunate background. André felt he was being booked on his curiosity value rather than his music value. This coupled with the parties and socializing absolutely turned André off. This was because he felt his personal and musical integrity were being compromised. When André felt he was being compromised, he started to look for trouble.

"Hurok went to André and said, 'What in the hell are you doing?' It was at that point that André decided that he didn't care about blowing it, and continued to blow it for the rest of his American tour. That was the end and he didn't want to go back."

RCA producer, John Pfeiffer:

"My job was to start the whole ball rolling by discussing with all the principals and merchandising people the repertoire for specific artists that we have on contract, then set up the recording session, supervise them musically and technically, work with the artist to choose the master tapes, edit the tapes, do the mix-down process, liner notes, and everything through to final production.

"In André's case, he wasn't happy with the work that he did. Usually if the artist in not happy with his recordings, then they're not issued. André didn't make any money for RCA because he didn't return to the US often enough. When someone is not in evidence, their record sales are not good. The quality of the recording really has nothing to do with it, particularly a classical record. It's really up the artist himself."

This recording session also included the following works that were never released:

   Mozart - Sonata No. 11 in A major (K331)
   Mozart - Sonata No. 12 in F major (K332)
   Mozart - Sonata No. 13 in B flat major (K333)