Mao Fujita announces new studio album of Mozart’s piano sonatas

Main image: Mao Fujita at the Verbier Festival 2022 with his Sony Classical team on the occasion of the announcement of his first studio recording of Mozart Complete Piano Sonatas, released on October 7, 2022.

From left to right: Jack Smith (executive producer, Sony Classical International); Alexander Boesch (Vice President of International Marketing, Sony Classical International); Mao Fujita; Per Hauber (Chairman, Sony Classical International); Martin Engstroem (Founder & Director, Verbier Festival). Photo credit: ©Nicolas Brodard

Japanese pianist Mao Fujita is set to release a brand new album of Mozart sonatas on October 7.

Fujita announced the news during their concert at the Verbier Festival on July 21. The album – a studio recording of The Complete Mozart Piano Sonatas cycle – will be released on Sony Classical. The Festival also saw the premiere of a new Sony Classical short film about Mao Fujita and his musical journey.

Mozart’s complete piano sonatas will be released on October 7, 2022

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The recording presents Mozart’s music exactly as it was written without correction. Fujita believes that Mozart often improvised during his own performances of the works and instead treated the scores as starting points for improvisation and embellishment.

The Sonatas have become a staple of the pianist’s repertoire in recent years. He won the silver medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019, in part thanks to his interpretation of Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 10 (K. 330), inspired by Vladimir Horowitz’s 1986 Moscow recital of the same piece and whose recording first inspired Fujita to take up the piano.

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