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Mozart, Haydn: Duo Sonatas / Rachel Podger, violin; Jane Rogers, viola

Audio Samples

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Duo for violin & viola no 1 in G major, K. 423
>Haydn, Johann Michael : Duo (Sonata) for violin & viola no 1 in C major, MH 335 (P 127)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Duo for violin & viola no 2 in B flat major, K. 424
>Haydn, Johann Michael : Duo (Sonata) for violin & viola no 2 in D major, MH 336 (P 128)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : 12 Duos for Horn, K. 487
>     Menuetto. Allegro

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Duo for violin & viola no 1 in G major, K. 423
>Haydn, Johann Michael : Duo (Sonata) for violin & viola no 1 in C major, MH 335 (P 127)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Duo for violin & viola no 2 in B flat major, K. 424
>Haydn, Johann Michael : Duo (Sonata) for violin & viola no 2 in D major, MH 336 (P 128)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : 12 Duos for Horn, K. 487
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Notes & Reviews:

Mozart's Duos for violin and viola are perennial favorites, both to the musicians that play them but also to audiences lucky enough to hear them in concert. These works never cease to amaze - Mozart uses the two instruments so effectively and with such exquisite craftsmanship that he never leaves one wondering where the rest of the string quartet might have gone. The virtuosity of the viola parts hints that they may have been originally written for Mozart himself. They are paired here with less well-known but very charming Duos by Michael Haydn. The character of these pieces is often reminiscent of Austrian folk music and it really seems as if you can hear yodeling bouncing off the mountains in timely echoes. Violinist Rachel Podger is joined by violist Jane Rogers for this gorgeous recording of rarely heard chamber music.

Sunday Times
Wisely, Podger and Rogers have recorded only two of Haydn's four agreeable contributions to the set: they pale besides the Mozart duos, which, in these lush-sounding performances, seem like studies for the great set of quartets dedicated to Michael's older sibling.

Gramophone Magazine
No virtuoso excitement, but a virtuoso ease to the rhythmic elasticity of the playing; and the sinuous lines, the subtle variations within sonorities, the enuciation of inflections and nuances that cannot be written, all amount to an artist's right to interpretation. Podger and Rogers use theirs, adding tonal gradations to long sections of K424 that Mozart left bare. They do him proud.

Classic FM Magazine
So well matched are Rachel Podger and Jane Rogers that they sound musically inseparable. Remarkably fresh and spontaneous-sounding performances, meticulously voiced and balanced, that are models of Classical poise and precision.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/2011).



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Duo for violin & viola no 1 in G major, K. 423
  • Performers: Jane Rogers (Viola); Rachel Podger (Violin)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Haydn, Johann Michael : Duo (Sonata) for violin & viola no 1 in C major, MH 335 (P 127)
  • Performers: Jane Rogers (Viola); Rachel Podger (Violin)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Duo for violin & viola no 2 in B flat major, K. 424
  • Performers: Jane Rogers (Viola); Rachel Podger (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 13 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Haydn, Johann Michael : Duo (Sonata) for violin & viola no 2 in D major, MH 336 (P 128)
  • Performers: Jane Rogers (Viola); Rachel Podger (Violin)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : 12 Duos for Horn, K. 487 :: Menuetto. Allegro
  • Performers: Jane Rogers (Viola); Rachel Podger (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785