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Mozart: Chamber Sonatas / Charles Medlam, London Baroque


Release Date: 04/08/2008 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501137   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Toll
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mozart's 17 Church Sonatas were written between 1772 and 1780. London Baroque play 14 of them omitting the three in C major, K263, 278 and 329, which require brass instruments as well as organ and strings. Ten included here are scored for two violins, cello and figured organ continuo, whilst the remaining four give the organ a more prominent obbligato role. Mozart wrote them for performance between the Epistle and Gospel readings of the Mass, hence the name Epistle Sonatas by which they are sometimes known. The three earliest of them are also the shortest though none played here extends beyond a duration of some five minutes or so. Each is in one movement, an allegro in concise sonata-form.

I found the performances full of
Read more lively charm. Ingrid Seifert, the first violin, is thoroughly at home in this music and gives an assured account of it. Ensemble is nicely balanced and I found the presence of a violone, as well as cello and organ, to be effective. Violin intonation is not absolutely dependable but it never erred sufficiently to spoil my enjoyment. John Toll, who plays a mellow-sounding William Drake chamber organ, gives fluent performances of his obbligato passages whilst remaining the soul of discretion in his continuo role. The recording balance is close but I like this since it gives a faithful picture of the sound of each instrument, the character of cello and violone is particularly well captured. Just occasionally I thought the interpretations a shade too taut, lacking in Austrian warmth and graceful gesture; but this is a small point and one with which others may not agree.

To sum up: a thoroughly enjoyable issue. There will be readers who prefer larger-scale performances than these, but the music does not seem to me to gain anything more from that and I enjoyed this playing particularly for its intimacy and chamber-music character. Mozart evidently had a larger group in mind for the sonatas with brass and timpani but for the remainder of them the present arrangement works uncommonly well.

-- Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone [6/1988, reviewing the original release]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 6 in B flat major, K 212 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Toll (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 1 in E flat major, K 67 (41h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Toll (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3.
Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 2 in B flat major, K 68 (41i) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Toll (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4.
Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 5 in F major, K 145 (124b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Toll (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Classical 
Written: 1774; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5.
Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 7 in F major, K 224 (241a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Toll (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6.
Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 10 in F major, K 244 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Toll (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
7.
Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 17 in C major, K 336 (336d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Toll (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
8.
Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 15 in C major, K 328 (317c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Toll (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
9.
Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 9 in G major, K 241 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Toll (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
10.
Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 13 in G major, K 274 (271d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Toll (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
11.
Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 11 in D major, K 245 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Toll (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
12.
Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 4 in D major, K 144 (124a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Toll (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Classical 
Written: 1774; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
13.
Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 3 in D major, K 69 (41k) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Toll (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
14.
Church Sonata for Organ and Strings no 8 in A major, K 225 (241b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Toll (Organ)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 

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