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Mozart In Paris - Six Sonatas / Gil And Orli Shaham


Release Date: 01/29/2008 
Label:  Canary Classics   Catalog #: 1   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartDomenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Gil ShahamOrli Shaham
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lively, energetic, and vibrant performances that typify the youthful exuberance found in Mozart's earlier works...this album is still a great choice for those seeking non-timid performances of Mozart.

The six sonatas of Mozart's Op. 1 (K. 301 through K. 306) are sonatas for piano with violin accompaniment. Canary Classics even puts a copy of the original title page right on the front of the album, but on the back the works are referred to as "Sonatas for Violin and Piano." Okay, so maybe this is all just arguing semantics, but how these sonatas are thought of definitely has an influence on how they are performed and which instrument is given dominance. In this recording by violinist Gil Shaham and his sister,
Read more pianist Orli Shaham, it is relatively clear that the violinist is considered the dominant, more important instrument. Both musicians give dazzling, technically brilliant, and musically inspired performances of their own parts. But when playing together, the violin "accompaniment" greatly overshadows the piano. Apart from this mismatch, the album provides listeners with lively, energetic, and vibrant performances that typify the youthful exuberance found in Mozart's earlier works. Gil Shaham's playing is fiery and almost aggressive and while this is compelling on one hand, on the other it is what leads to his frequent hogging of the spotlight. Orli Shaham's playing is equally refined, crisp, and articulate. Despite the nitpicking, this album is still a great choice for those seeking non-timid performances of Mozart. - Mike D. Brownell, All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, K 301 (293a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Orli Shaham (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 2006 
Venue:  Glenn Gould Studios, Toronto, Canada 
Length: 13 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, K 302 (293b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Orli Shaham (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Written: 1778 
Date of Recording: 2006 
Venue:  Glenn Gould Studios, Toronto, Canada 
Length: 11 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major, K 303 (293c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Orli Shaham (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Written: 1778 
Venue:  Glenn Gould Studios, Toronto, Canada 
Length: 9 Minutes 34 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor, K 304 (300c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Orli Shaham (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 2006 
Venue:  Glenn Gould Studios, Toronto, Canada 
Length: 12 Minutes 34 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in D major, K 306 (300l) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Orli Shaham (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 2006 
Venue:  Glenn Gould Studios, Toronto, Canada 
Length: 19 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 251/L 305 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Orli Shaham (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 2006 
Venue:  Glenn Gould Studios, Toronto, Canada 
Length: 12 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata No. 18 in G Major, K. 301: I. Allegro con spirito
Violin Sonata No. 18 in G Major, K. 301: II. Allegro
Violin Sonata No. 19 in E-Flat Major, K. 302: I. Allegro
Violin Sonata No. 19 in E-Flat Major, K. 302: II. Rondo: Andante grazioso
Sonata for Keyboard and Violin No. 20 in C Major, K. 303: I. Adagio - Molto allegro
Sonata for Keyboard and Violin No. 20 in C Major, K. 303: II. Tempo di menuetto
Violin Sonata No. 21 in E Minor, K. 304: I. Allegro
Violin Sonata No. 21 in E Minor, K. 304: II. Tempo di Menuetto
Violin Sonata No. 22 in A Major, K. 305: I. Allegro di molto
Violin Sonata No. 22 in A Major, K. 305: II. Theme and Variations: Andante grazioso
Violin Sonata No. 23 in D Major, K. 306: I. Allegro con spirito
Violin Sonata No. 23 in D Major, K. 306: II. Andantino cantabile
Violin Sonata No. 23 in D Major, K. 306: III. Allegretto

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