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With their new Mozart series, Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov, performing on period instruments, revive the tradition of the sonata for keyboard with violin accompaniment. Born in the middle of the Age of Enlightenment, this rather unusual concept continued to thrive in the era of Viennese Classicism. Mozart swiftly sealed its fate by instigating (or, in a sense, restoring) an increasingly lively conversation between the two instruments.
Both players on this warmly recorded release respond to the distinctive sound worlds of these works with performances of great subtlety and flexibility. As in her recordings of the Mozart Violin Concertos, Isabelle Faust uses vibrato extremely
sparingly, but still manages to create an astonishing variety of timbres. Melnikov, performing on a modern reproduction of an Anton Walter fortepiano, also maximizes the textural variety in Mozart’s writing.
– BBC Music Magazine
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