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Mozart: Violin Sonatas 1781 / Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr


Release Date: 10/11/2005 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907380   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Andrew ManzeRichard Egarr
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Andrew Manze proved so insightful a champion of Mozart’s violin concertos (Harmonia Mundi 907385, 29:5) that his performance with fortepiano of three violin sonatas from 1781 (along with two movements and part of a third from a fourth) should awaken uncommon interest. Manze’s dark-hued violin (his usual 1782 Joseph Gagliano—with a modern bow made in 2000 by Jutta Welcher) occasionally seems weightier than the fortepiano that it’s nominally accompanying. When he plays figuration, for example, in the first movement of the Sonata, K 377, it almost overpowers the keyboard’s thematic material. The balance may require some adjustment, but Manze’s and Egarr’s rhythmic verve effectively carries the music forward; and, in any case, Mozart’s writing Read more for the keyboard usually asserts its primacy. Manze’s control of dynamics helps create the overall impression of judicious nuance in the Sonata’s Theme and Variations. But nuance isn’t the only string in his bow, and he’s capable of great sonorous churning when a movement like the finale calls for it. He also creates repeated gusts of sound in the opening of the Sonata, K 380, while his plaintive sighing adds an affecting expressivity to its slow movement, an ambiance that violinists playing modern instruments might only struggle to achieve. Manze’s notes identify 0:28 in the finale of the Sonata “fragment” as the point at which the Abbé Maximilian Stadler took over the composition. Manze and Egarr bring a sweetly coy delicacy to the first movement; 0:28 passes without the calamity that the year 2000 promised; as Manze suggests, Stadler’s exemplary skill and judgment carry the listener to the end without rude shocks. The opening Allegro of the Sonata, K 376, brings scale passages that perhaps don’t sound as fleet as they might on a modern instrument, but the intelligence of the duo’s musical dialogue compensates for this to a great degree. And the high level of that discourse becomes more noticeable in the slow movement, while their playing in the finale is robust and sweeping, even if its ornamentation may not sound impudent.

As in so many of Andrew Manze’s performances, beauty of tone (or even quality of tone—he doesn’t seem to engage in timbral effects for their own sake) doesn’t seem to be the primary, or perhaps even the secondary, objective. It’s displaced by an imaginative recreation of the text (Manze and Egarr, according to the booklet, made their own edition of these sonatas) and an ingenious exploration of the fit between the tonal resources at his command and the music. That’s as true here as in the music of Tartini, Handel, Biber, Schmelzer, or Schubert—or even in Mozart’s concertos. Such probing musicality almost recommends itself, but it’s my pleasure to add my own warm commendation.

-- Robert Maxham, Fanfare Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major, K 376 (374d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Andrew Manze (Violin), Richard Egarr (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde-Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 18 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Doopsgezinde-Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/14/2004 - 06/17/2004) 
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major, K 377 (374e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Richard Egarr (Fortepiano), Andrew Manze (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde-Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 20 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Doopsgezinde-Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/14/2004 - 06/17/2004) 
3. Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, K 380 (374f) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Richard Egarr (Fortepiano), Andrew Manze (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde-Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 19 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Doopsgezinde-Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/14/2004 - 06/17/2004) 
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major, K 403 (385c) [Fragment] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Richard Egarr (Fortepiano), Andrew Manze (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde-Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 13 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: The final (Allegretto) movement of the sonata in this recording is heard in a version completed by Maximilian Stadler.
Doopsgezinde-Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands (06/14/2004 - 06/17/2004) 

Featured Sound Samples

Violin Sonata in F, K 377: I. Allegro
Violin Sonata in E flat, K 380: III. Rondeau

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