Christopher Leggette | Central Islip, New York United States | 03/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a splendid recording; Mozart is handled with flair and panache -- one is carried along from selection to selection as if by enchantment; these performances sing with a sweetness that is, uniquely, tough; I've learned that Mozart is never to be -- cannot be -- handled with kid gloves -- his music, while perfection itself (friction-free) -- is vigorous and bold, and utterly unique in the literature of fortepiano; Newman deliciously employs the flavor of Chopin, the vigor of Beethoven and the precision of Bach; I can't imagine not enjoying these selections; I've written Mr. Newman and asked that he record all the sonatas; I really hope he does."
Flawed but worthwhile
D. Jack Elliot | Omaha, Nebraska | 05/11/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"These readings lack the precision and balance so essential in Mozart. It's often said that every note is utterly exposed and therefore crucial in music of this period; too many notes escape Newman's attention in these readings - rhythmically and structurally things are uneven.That said, I'd still recommend these disks to any committed Mozart collector. On period instruments this music can be given the right weight: this is not frail, delicate, Tchaikovsky-lite Mozart, as Newman plays with a real enthusiasm, but neither is it an attempt to turn Mozart into early Beethoven. Not too light and not too heavy, you get a better sense for how these works probably sounded to their creator."