Sonata Op. 15 in C major, Allegro spirito & Allegro vivace: Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)
Italian composer Mauro Giuliani lived in Vienna from 1806 to 1819. In this recording, I’ve considered it unlikely that Giuliani set out to compose a flashy pot-boiler—although that’s something he was well able to do. Rather, as an outsider living in Vienna, he was intrigued by the Viennese approach to music. So he set himself to assimilate the examples of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. His Op. 15 is one such result. Among his solo works, it stands apart as something more objective and architecturally rigorous. With this fine and unique work, Mauro Giuliani showed himself to be more than one thing. This sonata is durable enough to support something other than an overtly expressive approach, which is the usual approach to Giuliani. Yes, this makes its charms more elusive. But perhaps their elusiveness makes them more enduring.