Notes and Editorial Reviews
Forget recent competition in these violin and keyboard sonatas: the honours go to Rachel Podger and Gary Cooper’s series on period instruments. Gut strings and the fortepiano’s dry attack encourage playing with character and snap; but the ultimate delight is the absorption and flair of Podger and Cooper. The music ranges from a kid’s trinkets to the big sweep of K454. The most enjoyable Mozart disc so far this year. -- The Times
"As in previous instalments of their complete Mozart series, Gary Cooper and Rachel Podger intersperse the accepted works of the canon with sonatas the composer composed before his age had reached double figures. The best-known work here is the grand B flat Sonata, K454, written for the young
Italian violinist Regina Strinasacchi; but scarcely less beautiful is K380, whose slow movement foreshadows the tragic Andante – also in G minor – from the Piano Concerto K456, while its ‘hunting’ finale might easily have stepped out of another of the great concertos.
Cooper and Podger provide some spirited playing (perhaps too much so in the finale of the little K28 sonata, where it’s possible to imagine a gentler and more gracious interpretation), with repeats imaginatively decorated, and they are admirably expressive in the slow movements...if you want this music played on period instruments there’s certainly much enjoyment to be had from this new recording."
-- Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine
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