You know I actually enjoy playing the slow movement of this sonata (as well as almost all of the Mozart sonatas) Perhaps they are a bit long, theatrical. I do enjoy their relative simplicity. One thing I like about them as how little pedal you need to use.
I admit I do not like using too much pedal here and I don`t think it`s necessary. That being said, some pedal in this movement can sound good. Even I have found some teachers who say no pedal in Mozart, they usually mean almost no pedal. I do think Mozart allows for a little more pedal then Bach for example. That being said, I think the sustain pedal was not yet invented when Mozart wrote this sonata?
You may want to consider using a legato touch here, or finger pedaling as some may call it.
Daniel Hoehr wrote:
I'm sure this has been discussed here before, I'm just too lazy to go through all the previous topics.
I'm currently playing Mozart's gorgeous sonata in B-flat K 333. I first played this sonata about 12 years ago and started practising it again in November last year.
A few weeks ago I played this to one of my former teachers who strongly recommended playing it without the pedal. Since then I've been playing it without pedal and it did take me quite a while to get used to it.
Today I recorded the first and the second movement. The first sounds ok without pedal, yet listening to my recording of the second movement was a bit frustrating. It just doesn't sound right without pedal. So I recorded it again using the pedal and it was much better. I also think the cadenza in the third movement needs to be played with pedal.
Now, are there any opinions on that matter? Do you play Mozart strictly without pedal?
Any help on this will be vastly appreciated.