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Mozart, Beethoven: Violin Sonatas / Kagan, Richter


Release Date: 07/03/2001 
Label:  Emi Classics Double Fforte Catalog #: 74293   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Oleg KaganSviatoslav Richter
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 8 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Oleg Kagan/Sviatoslav Richter all-Mozart recital, recorded live at Tours in July, 1974, came out on a 1991 EMI budget CD release, minus the G major sonata K. 379. EMI now releases the whole recital in a richer, more present remastering, coupled with the pair's live 1976 Munich Beethoven Op. 23 and "Spring" Sonatas, which, I believe, are new to CD. Although the Kagan/Richter collaboration was in its relative infancy at the time of the Mozart recordings, the musicians are kindred spirits in their disciplined ensemble and decisive, large-scaled approach to these works. Sometimes in the outer movements Kagan's extroversion veers toward aggression, yet he sensitively picks up on Richter's sustained, hypnotic legato phrasing in the Read more slow movements. That said, I marginally prefer the duo's more refined and supple K. 306 recorded a year later and issued on Live Classics, notably for its lighter, playful Allegretto.


Those who know the duo's exciting, volatile romp through the Beethoven Op. 24 sonata's opening Presto via their 1975 Live Classics or Intaglio recordings will find the slower 1976 EMI version no less detailed and intense. Also note the variety of inflection throughout the "Spring" sonata's sunny first movement (the repeated-note motive, for example), and the deliciously articulated rhythmic displacements in the little Scherzo. Peter Avis' refreshing and informative notes top off this most welcome reissue.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in D major, K 306 (300l) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Oleg Kagan (Violin), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1974 
Venue:  Live  Grange de la Besnardière, France 
Length: 28 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat major, K 378 (317d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Oleg Kagan (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1974 
Venue:  Live  Grange de la Besnardière, France 
Length: 24 Minutes 51 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, K 379 (373a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Oleg Kagan (Violin), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1974 
Venue:  Live  Grange de la Besnardière, France 
Length: 22 Minutes 48 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major, K 404 (385d) [Fragment] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Oleg Kagan (Violin), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1974 
Venue:  Live  Grange de la Besnardière, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat major, K Anh. 49 (372) [Fragment] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Oleg Kagan (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1974 
Venue:  Live  Grange de la Besnardière, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 4 in A minor, Op. 23 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Oleg Kagan (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1976 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu Keller, Munich, Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 58 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Oleg Kagan (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1976 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu Keller, Munich, Germany 
Length: 24 Minutes 36 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata in D, K306 (2001 Digital Remaster): I Allegro con spirito
Violin Sonata in D, K306 (2001 Digital Remaster): II Andantino cantabile
Violin Sonata in D, K306 (2001 Digital Remaster): III Allegretto
Violin Sonata in B flat, K.378 (2001 Digital Remaster): I Allegro moderato
Violin Sonata in B flat, K.378 (2001 Digital Remaster): II Andantino sostenuto & cantabile
Violin Sonata in B flat, K.378 (2001 Digital Remaster): III Rondo - Allegro
Violin Sonata in G, K.379 (2001 Digital Remaster): I Adagio - Allegretto
Violin Sonata in G, K.379 (2001 Digital Remaster): II Theme (Andante cantabile) & Variations I-V - Theme (Allegretto)
Andante & Allegretto in C, K.404 (2001 Digital Remaster)
Violin Sonata in B flat K372 'Unfinished' - Allegro (2001 Digital Remaster)
Violin Sonata No.4 in A Minor, Op.23 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Presto
Violin Sonata No.4 in A Minor, Op.23 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Andante scherzoso più allegretto
Violin Sonata No.4 in A Minor, Op.23 (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro molto
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F 'Spring' Op. 24 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F 'Spring' Op. 24 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio molto espressivo
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F 'Spring' Op. 24 (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Allegro molto) & Trio
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F 'Spring' Op. 24 (2001 Digital Remaster): IV. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)

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