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It has been around a decade since Vogt recorded solo piano works by Mozart, in a long-deleted EMI issue centred on Sonatas 10-12. This new recording for Ondine (perhaps the start of a series?) juxtaposes the Second and Third Sonatas K280-1, composed in 1777 when Mozart was 21, the minor-key Eighth (K310) from the following year, and finishes with the well-known No 13 (K333), completed – probably – in late 1783.

Vogt’s readings are polished and inciteful throughout, relishing the lyricism of the slow central movements, the grace of the earlier Allegros and the fire in the Presto finales of Nos 2 and 8. Ondine’s recording is natural if a touch dry – compare No 13, for example, with Brendel’s classic Philips account recorded at Glyndebourne in much richer sound – but every nuance of Vogt’s playing is captured with great clarity.

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