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#1191966 05/02/09 05:28 PM
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I plan on starting Mozart's Sonata KV 282 soon and have been scourging the internet for good editions. Does anyone have any good suggestions? Personally, I like the footnotes, fingerings, and little blurbs at the beginning of my books so if anyone knows of an edition like that I would really appreciate it if you would enlighten me. smile

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I got a great deal back in 2006 on Barenreiter's 250th Anniversary edition of the complete Mozart works for piano solo. (5 volumes in a slipcase for $50.) Unfortunately it's now priced at over $100. I believe you can purchase separate sonatas or volumes less expensively.

ABRSM always have very good editions with performance notes and fingering. (I have both sets of the ABRSM editions of complete Beethoven sonatas, the Tovey/Craxton and the newer Barry Cooper. They are both excellent.)


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Whatever you do, don't buy Kalmus. I had it one day and a page separated from the binding. Another page tore shortly after that and the print quality was abyssmal.


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The ABRSM is very good.

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Hi, I would not recommend the Schirmer edition, (Epstein). I bought this a while back and it is very hard to read, bad quality paper and difficult print as well. Hard on the eyes!
Of course if you are not yet 40 you might be O.K.! It cost me $20 and I be there are better values out there for this price.


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I have the Alfred's edition for my Sonata and I love it. Easy to read, it gives ideas for what the ornaments should be, overall very agreeable fingering, and it's space well. And there aren't any dynamic markings that aren't Mozart's, and if they are editorial they put them in parenthesis.

P.S. I agree, DO NOT GET THE SCHIRMER MOZART. I bought the entire sonata's schirmer only to realize it's a terrible edition. I don't even use it now at all.

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I agree that the Alfred Masterwork Editions are very good, although unfortunately the complete Mozart sonatas are not yet available in this edition. However, there is an Alfred Masterwork book entitled 'Mozart: Selected Intermediate to Early Advanced Piano Sonata Movements', edited by Maurice Hinson, which does actually have the entire K. 282 sonata in it. It is a wonderful collection which has many useful notes and suggestions in the front and the printing is also very clear.

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I would go with Barenreiter. It is very fine and scholarly, and actually stays open on the piano rack. Unlike some other members here, I'm not knee-jerk anti-Schirmer, but Schirmer's Mozart is really dreadful.

Bülow's edition of the Beethoven sonatas (published of course by Schirmer) tends to come in for a lot of criticism on this forum, but I think it a bit unfair. I have never learned a Beethoven sonata from that edition (I've always used Tovey), but we do need to remember that Bülow was a student of Liszt, therefore his views would reflect (or at least be influenced by) the observations of his teacher.

We can point to misprints in Bülow's edition, but his annotations are often oddly illuminating. He's not as pompously verbose as Schnabel, and not surprisingly lacks Tovey's delicious sense of humour.


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Just to clarify:
I am not anti Schirmer, perhaps some of you are based on your own experiences. It's just the Mozart sonatas that didn't work well for me in that edition.


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My teacher recently recommended the Peters edition. I haven't had time to purchase it yet, but intend to at some point. That said, if anyone has any comments on this edition I would be interested.

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For the most part, I am a fan of Kalmus for fiscal reasons. Kalmus tends to rip off very nice, authentic german editions... and charges half as much. As for the Mozart, I have the Henle, and that is all that I need!


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I like the Henle edition of the Mozart Sonatas. I used to use the ABRSM but, above recommendations notwithstanding, the over-editing in ABRSM is pretty blatant at some points and certainly shows considerable discrepancies when compared with an Urtext. That said, I still refer to the ABRSM on occasion for suggestions, but I don't rely on it.

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I need to add that my reference to the ABRSM edited editions of Mozart Sonatas was to that edited by York Bowen with commentary by Aubyn Raymar. I am not familiar with the new edition edited by Sadie and Matthews, and it is quite possible that this new edition conforms more to an Urtext that did the older one I refer to.

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Barenreiter or Henle. I think Barenreiter is less expensive.



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