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Mozart: Sonatas For Piano & Violin, K. 296, 377, 403 & 547

Mozart / Hink / Toyama
Release Date: 06/08/2010 
Label:  Camerata Records   Catalog #: 28187   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Werner HinkKeiko Toyama
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Violin Sonatas: in C, K 296; in F, K 377 (374a); in C (fragment), K 403 (385c); in F, K 547 Werner Hink (vn); Keiko Toyama (pn) CAMERATA 28187 (66:26)


Werner Hink and Keiko Toyama recorded Mozart’s Sonata, K 296, on February 3–4, 2006, and the rest of the program on March 22–24, 2007, all in Read more the Studio Baumgarten, Vienna (and employing the same equipment). In the first sonata, the engineers have represented the instruments in three dimensions, with a resonant bloom in the piano’s bass and a silvery richness in the violin’s upper registers. The ambiance enhances their elegant reading of the first movement, which bubbles up exuberantly from the bass part; it lends weight to the sensitive reading of the second (in which Hink plays the cantabile passages with special eloquence), and it provides a firm underpinning in their cheerful performance of the finale. There’s little attempt here to draw attention to detail, though there’s plenty—all of it blended into the general outlines. For those who might hear in the first movement of the Sonata in F Major, K 377, some of the drive of Beethoven’s violin sonatas, Hink and Toyama may seem to lie on the tame side, though Hink explores the complexity of the slow movement with a highly nuanced tone and a sense of the melodies’ subtlety, though even here the darkest passages may not give sufficient prominence for some listeners to the recesses, until perhaps the last pages. They take the concluding Tempo di Menuetto at a tempo slow enough to allow them to explore its subtlety.


In the unfinished Sonata, K 403, the duo crunches along in the opening, but allows the textures to turn duskier as the movement proceeds (it’s hard to discern in this reading of the movement the stiffness that Otto Biba claims some have found in it). But they delve deeply into the slow movement’s depths, coming up for a brief gasp of air in the finale—in which they play only the measures that Mozart completed. To the last work on the program, the Sonata in F Major, K 547, they take an approach that seems genial and relaxed in the first movement, an Affekt that spills over into the succeeding Allegro as well as into the variations that constitute the finale.


Hink’s and Toyama’s recording will likely appeal most strongly to those who prefer to hear Mozart without an encrustation of timbral, melodic, and harmonic ideas stemming, even if indirectly, from the period-instrument movement. To these kinds of listeners the thoughtful though not ponderous performances (despite the tendency for both major and minor to sound similarly subdued) can be warmly recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major, K 296 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Werner Hink (Violin), Keiko Toyama (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
Venue:  Studio Baumgarten, Vienna 
Length: 16 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major, K 377 (374e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Werner Hink (Violin), Keiko Toyama (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Studio Baumgarten, Vienna 
Length: 19 Minutes 8 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major, K 403 (385c) [Fragment] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Werner Hink (Violin), Keiko Toyama (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Studio Baumgarten, Vienna 
Length: 10 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major, K 547 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Werner Hink (Violin), Keiko Toyama (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Studio Baumgarten, Vienna 
Length: 18 Minutes 50 Secs. 

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