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MOZART // Sonatas KV280, 331 & 333

Aldo Ciccolini,

Over the course of his 60-year career Aldo Ciccolini has established an intimate relationship with the great composers. Now aged 85, he takes a fresh look at one of the greatest and says “I understand Mozart now”.

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For this recording Aldo Ciccolini plunged into the past, to his earliest years: he says that with the Bechstein he rediscovers “the sound of my childhood” and that this new energy does justice to the impetuous spirit of an untamed genius. Although he has played and replayed these three sonatas for so many years, they suddenly rise to new heights, borne by the deep relationship between the two masters.

It took Mozart 17 years to write these sonatas; it took Ciccolini 85 to transcend them.
“I have these three sonatas in me from my soul to my fingertips.”


Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART


  • Fantasy No.4 in C Minor K.475 12’13


  • Piano Sonata No.14 in C Minor K.457
  • Molto allegro 6’40
  • Adagio 7’18
  • Allegro assai 5’45


Muzio CLEMENTI / Piano Sonata in G Minor, Op.34 No.2


  • Largo e sostenuto. Allegro con fuoco 8’56
  • Un poco adagio 6’39
  • Molto allegro 6’32


Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART / Piano Sonata No.12 in F Major K.332

  • Allegro 7’16
  • Adagio 4’39
  • Allegro assai 4’59



This new disc from La Dolce Volta features three favorite Mozart sonatas including the ‘Turkish March’ and finds the celebrated pianist still on top form. Ciccolini s playing is pliant and graceful, and under his fingers the music seems to breathe and come alive.

The distinguished Italian-born French pianist and pedagogue, Aldo Ciccolini, began piano lessons at a very early age. At 9, he was granted entrance to the Naples Conservatory, where he studied piano with Paolo Danza, taking 1st prize in 1940. He also took 1st prize in composition there in 1943.

In 1941 Aldo Ciccolini made his debut as soloist in Frédéric Chopin’s F minor Concerto at the Theater San Carlo in Naples. In 1947 he became Professor of piano at the Naples Conservatory. In 1949, he was co-winner of the Grand Prize in the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud competition in Paris. In November 1950, he made his USA debut as soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and subsequently pursued a notable international career. He became a French citizen in 1969 and was professor at the Conservatoire de Paris from 1971 to 1988. On December 9, 1999 he celebrated a career in France spanning 50 years with a recital at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Aldo Ciccolini maintained a comprehensive repertoire, which extended from J.S. Bach to contemporary composers. His virtuoso technique was enhanced by a particularly refined lyricism. He was a celebrated interpreter and advocate of the piano music of the French composers Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and Erik Satie as well as that of less prominent composers such as Déodat de Séverac, Jules Massenet, Charles-Valentin Alkan, and Alexis de Castillon. He was also known for his playing of the music of Franz Liszt.

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