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Mozart: Complete Sonatas for Keyboard and Violin Vol 2

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major, K 303 (293c)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 in D major, K. 7
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento for Oboe, 2 Horns and Strings no 11 in D major, K 251
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for violin & piano no 15 in F major, K. 30
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, K 481
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Notes & Reviews:

This disc is the second in a series of four CDs devoted to the complete sonatas for keyboard and violin by Mozart. By including sonatas from the composer's early, middle and late periods on each disc, the listener gets a balanced survey of Mozart's stylistic changes in the genre. Violinist Rachel Podger is one of the hottest young performers on the early music scene today. Following on the amazing successes of her Channel Classics recordings of Bach's Sonatas & Partitas and Vivaldi's concertos of La Stravaganza, Podger has turned to music of the Classical period. Here she is joined in this series by forte pianist Gary Cooper Cooper studied organ and harpsichord at Chetham's School of Music, the John Loosemore Centre, and was an organ scholar at New College, Oxford. He currently teaches harpsichord & fortepiano at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Gary Cooper and Rachel Podger's projected set of the Mozart duo sonatas (of which this is the second volume) will be more complete than most, including the works he wrote for keyboard with accompanying violin between the ages of seven and 10. Of course these can't be compared to the later sonatas but they're certainly not without interest; and on the present disc the progress between No 2 and No 15 is striking - the latter's Adagio shows an enormous increase in expressive range (further extended by Gary Cooper's extravagant decoration of the repeats) with the violin complementing the melody most effectively. The decision to use the same fortepiano for all the sonatas may not be the most accurate historical way of presenting them but, as Cooper points out, it does help the listener to hear them as belonging to a single line of development.

Both artists show an impressive command of the rhetorical 18th-century approach to phrasing and expression, giving a very lively air to the music-making - there are no flat, routine moments. The theatrical manner of No 18's first movement inspires a wonderfully bright, colourful performance, and the contrasts inherent in the two-speed opening movement of No 20 are brilliantly realised.

Some may find the continually active style of playing a step too far, and there were places, in the first movement of No 33, for example, where a calmer, less eventful approach might have been welcome. But the great Adagio of this sonata has a beautiful sense of line and, throughout, the marriage of expertise and stylistic awareness results in truly treasurable performances.



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major, K 303 (293c)
  • Performer: Gary Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1778

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 in D major, K. 7
  • Performer: Gary Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1763

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento for Oboe, 2 Horns and Strings no 11 in D major, K 251
  • Performer: Gary Cooper (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1778.
  • Running Time: 13 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1778

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for violin & piano no 15 in F major, K. 30
  • Performer: Gary Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1766

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, K 481
  • Performer: Gary Cooper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785