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Mozart Duo Sonatas volume 3

Mozart / Sonata for Keyboard and Violin No.24 in F K376. Sonata for Keyboard and Violin No.26 in B flat K378. Sonata for Keyboard and Violin No.35 in A K526. /

Duo Amade / Catherine Mackintosh / Geoffrey Govier [Volume 3]

Chandos Chaconne CHAN0772

I found this disc from an often admired baroque violinist, puzzlingly and unexpectedly disappointing.

The playing is unyielding, often metronomic, some fast movemnts a little breathless. Given with repeats, but no embellishments to justify them.

After hearing the first sonata, no strong wish to continue - but I did.

I generally prefer mixed programmes. Not a good case made for an intégrale?

Peter Grahame Woolf

Mozart: Violin Sonatas
K296 in C major, K379 in G major, K454 in B flat major, Six Variations on a French Song K 360

Petra Mullejans
, violin & Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano

Harmonia Mundi HMU 97494 [2008, 73 mins]

These are superlative, free and spontaneous sounding performances (albeit studio recordings) of some of Mozart's most delightful violin sonatas, several of them composed in such haste to deadlines that for their first concert performances he had the keyboard parts only "in his head"...

A worthy companion disc for Bezuidenhout's ground breaking solo Mozart Sonatas Vol 1; both series must continue and likely become benchmarks for Mozart on instruments of his time, in a fair world like to displace all the traditional previous recordings in the catalogue.

UK is a bit backward in embracing the HIP
(historically informed performance) movement, but these performances were recorded in London, where Kristian Bezuidenhout was living then.

His notes are comprehensive, conveying both learning and enthusiasm which will draw the listener into the world of the music's creation c.1780.

Tastes vary, and I have been astonisihed to find this great chamber music playing awarded a derisory ** by Andy Gill in The Independent - horses for courses ! We don't do stars, but if we did, I'd give it five...

An essential purchase for Mozart lovers.

Peter Grahame Woolf