Duo Pleyel - Mozart’s Real Musical Father - BBC Music Magazine

Alternating works by each composer, the album also rewards us with a vital and much-needed appreciation of the so-called ‘London’ Bach. His musical versatility, very much in evidence during his London years, has been overshadowed by other, longer-lived members of his family. The piano duet works here showcase in miniature the extent of Bach’s innovations: texturally, structurally and melodically. A particular highlight is the radiance of the A major Sonata Op. 18 No. 5. Duo Pleyel also exceeds our high expectations for the Mozart works, and their interpretations are an essential addition to the recorded legacy of this music. The sonatas Kk. 358 and 381 are erudite and enchanting, and the K501 Variations are absolutely revelatory. Bravo!

BBC Music Magazine
01 January 2023