W.A.Mozart, Sonata in C Major, KV 279, Wim Winters, clavichord.
Mozart’s KV 279 not “yet” a full-size “important” work, as one often hears of all works under KV 300… Well, I can tell you after revisiting almost all the Munich sonatas, young Wolfgang’s works are mind blowing, opening the romanticism in a way that is beyond imagination, showing a master of technique, form, depth, expression, that is just stunning. One thing though: you should not race through these works at Ferrari speeds. Even then something is left, but not the deep emotional expression, so close to the music of C.P.E.Bach and Haydn, and yet so much opening the doors for the later Beethovenish expression.
On clavichord, these works just shine and there is little doubt the clavichord was the instrument Mozart had in mind for these works. Much more than the piano, which was an instrument that only later would come in his life and even then in a -compared to the finesses of a clavichord – in a rather rough technical format. This music breathes the micro-expression a clavichord can reproduce as no other keyboard instrument in those days was capable off.
Sorry to advocate so strongly here for the clavichord… but I believe it is even not exaggerated. Perhaps uncommon on today’s musical scene. But that is a fact history does not pay attention to !