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Mozart: Complete Sonatas For Keyboard And Violin Vol 1 / Podger, Cooper


Release Date: 01/11/2005 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 21804   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rachel PodgerGary Cooper
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Period recordings of Mozart’s ‘Sonatas for keyboard with violin accompaniment’ (as they were published) are surprisingly scarce. Which makes this new disc all the more welcome. Gary Cooper and Rachel Podger have both made their mark in Baroque repertoire. But on this showing they are natural Mozartians, phrasing discerningly, summoning plenty of temperament when required, yet never over-egging the pudding when the composer is in guileless vein. The finest of these sonatas is the G major, K379, with its rhapsodic opening Adagio and turbulent G minor Allegro. Playing on an attractively sonorous copy of a Walter fortepiano, Cooper immediately
Read more impresses with his subtlety of touch and delicacy of timing; and when Podger enters you know that this is going to be a true chamber partnership, with the players responding creatively to each other’s phrasing. Then, in the G minor Allegro, the duo justify their fierce tempo with the mingled precision, astringency and passionate sweep of their playing – whoever said that period equalled small-scale? No performance could persuade me that K6, begun when Mozart was hardly out of nappies, is other than rococo composing by numbers. But Podger and Cooper nicely catch the faux-naif grace and simplicity of the ‘easy sonata for beginners’, K547. And their supple, elegant give-and-take and touches of fantasy in the B flat Sonata, K378, epitomise their close rapport throughout these performances. The big, resonant church acoustic is not quite ideal for this music, though I soon adjusted to it. Memorable modern-instrument recordings of the three mature sonatas include the powerful, slightly Romanticised Perlman and Barenboim (DG) and the more Classically conceived Grumiaux and Klien (Philips). But if you prefer the tangier, less opulent sound world of period instruments, the colour and imaginative vitality of this young British duo can hardly fail to give pleasure.

-- Richard Wigmore, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major, K 6 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rachel Podger (Violin), Gary Cooper (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762-1764; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Our Lady St. Mary's Church, S. Creake, N 
Length: 14 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat major, K 378 (317d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rachel Podger (Violin), Gary Cooper (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Our Lady St. Mary's Church, S. Creake, N 
Length: 19 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, K 379 (373a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rachel Podger (Violin), Gary Cooper (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Our Lady St. Mary's Church, S. Creake, N 
Length: 20 Minutes 34 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major, K 547 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gary Cooper (Fortepiano), Rachel Podger (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Our Lady St. Mary's Church, S. Creake, N 
Length: 21 Minutes 24 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A Truly Authentic Sound November 11, 2013 By Nancy Garniez (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "This recording captures the mutual radiance of the fortepiano and the violin that is composed into, or rather, that is the basis of these incredible compositions. Bravo to the producers who did not clean it up. Bravo to the players who got the balance right and who play with such gusto." Report Abuse
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