Originally posted by Nina:
I have a friend who once said that playing a Mozart Sonata was a lot like performing naked...
Particularly the familiar ones like K331, K545, etc.
Everyone knows exactly how those sonatas sound, and any mistake in interpretation or notes is immediately known by all present.
I would agree with you more or less on the notes but not as far as interpretation goes. For example. I recently heard a Mannes piano student play the C minor sonata. Remember, here is someone who has already been accepted to a very prestigious music school and studied there, I believe, for a year. I knew the piece sounded poor, but only after the teacher went over the piece did I understand why.
And the performer, who is already much better than 99% of those who play the piano obviously thought his interpretation was correct and good. That is why I am not at all sure that a poor interpretation of a Mozart sonata will be obvious.