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Mozart: Violin Sonatas Vol 6 / Nishizaki, Loeb


Release Date: 06/20/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557665   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Takako NishizakiBenjamin Loeb
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The calibre of the Nishizaki-Loeb partnership is outstanding. They provide expressive playing that is light and delicate. Their performances overflow with imagination and a high degree of intimacy. Nishizaki is highly experienced and has sold possibly the most recordings of any violinist. She has the advantage of a technique that is comfortably secure with a pleasing tone that is crisp and cool. There is a purity to her playing, fused with a relaxed manner that is hard to resist. The elaborate piano part in the hands of Loeb is natural and unforced. The duo’s choice of speeds tends to be rather on the slow side for my taste. However, in the allegro of K570 (track 6) the players demonstrate that they can quicken when they choose. I Read more especially enjoyed their sensitive performance of the adagio of the Sonata K570 which is tender and highly compelling. Also impressive is the closing movement rondo of the same Sonata, dazzlingly played with joy and vitality, and totally free of affectation. Something special is also happening in the Sonata, K403 at several points in the allegro - allegretto (track 4) especially at points 1.27-2.11; 3.30-4.09 and 5.18-6.26 where the unison playing is exceptional.

The present Naxos recording has a slightly forward balance and is exceptionally clear. At times I could almost imagine being positioned adjacent to Nishizaki. The booklet notes by Keith Anderson are written to his usual high standard. These are excellent performances that are packed with quality music of extraordinary interest.

-- Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 17 in B flat major, K 570 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin), Benjamin Loeb (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Country Day School, King City, Canada 
Length: 21 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Country Day School, King City, Canada (08/01/2004 - 08/05/2004) 
2.
Variations (6) for Violin and Piano in G minor on "Hélas, j'ai perdu", K 360 (374b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin), Benjamin Loeb (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Country Day School, King City, Canada 
Length: 11 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Country Day School, King City, Canada (08/01/2004 - 08/05/2004) 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, K 402 (385e) [Fragment] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Benjamin Loeb (Piano), Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Country Day School, King City, Canada 
Length: 12 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Maximillian Stadler.
Country Day School, King City, Canada (08/01/2004 - 08/05/2004) 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major, K 403 (385c) [Fragment] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Benjamin Loeb (Piano), Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Country Day School, King City, Canada 
Length: 18 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Maximillian Stadler.
Country Day School, King City, Canada (08/01/2004 - 08/05/2004) 

Featured Sound Samples

Violin Sonata in C, K 403: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata no 17: II. Adagio

Sound Samples

6 Variations in G minor on Helas, j'ai perdu mon amant, K. 360
Violin Sonata No. 29 in A major, K. 402 (completed M. Stadler): I. Andante, ma un poco adagio
Violin Sonata No. 29 in A major, K. 402 (completed M. Stadler): II. Fugue: Allegro moderato
Violin Sonata No. 29 in A major, K. 402 (completed M. Stadler): I. Allegro moderato
Violin Sonata No. 29 in A major, K. 402 (completed M. Stadler): II. Andante - Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat major, K. 570 (version for violin and piano): I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat major, K. 570 (version for violin and piano): II. Adagio
Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat major, K. 570 (version for violin and piano): III. Allegretto

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