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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This second issue of the Perlman/Barenboim series of Mozart violin sonatas (the first comprised Sonatas K301 4-410 896-1 GH, 4/84) kept putting me in mind of the palmy days of Daniel Barenboim's early recording career, when in one Mozart concerto after another he would produce playing of beguiling charm and sparkle, at times controversial over speeds but always individual and alive. These works, the last two of the set of six which Mozart published in Paris in 1778 plus the attendant work, K296, written in Mannheim for Thérèse Pierron, stepdaughter of the court chamberlain there, are earlier than most of the concertos. They present few if any deep interpretative problems, but that only helps Barenboim to enjoy himself. Without
any emphasis on the piano—balance-wise rather the opposite—Barenboim is the naturally dominant partner of the two which is appropriate in works, which for all their development of the 'accompanied sonata' remain sonatas for piano and violin, in that order, with the violin rarely given a melody on its own. The slight distancing of the piano also prevents it from sounding too heavyweight.
Even so, these are what Alfred Einstein described as Mozart's first "concertante sonatas", and K306, the last of the Paris set, goes further than any of this period towards taking the music from the drawing-room to the concert-hall. The sparkling outer movements of K296 frame a charming Andante sostenulo based, so Einstein suggests, on an aria of J. C. Bach.
Those are the only two sonatas of the group in three movements, and K305 follows a delectably gallumphing Allegro di molto in 6/8 time with an Andante grazioso set of variations which conclude with a dashing Allegro variation.
-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [4/1985]
Works on This Recording
Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major, K 296 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Daniel Barenboim (Piano),
Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany
Date of Recording: 1984
Length: 16 Minutes 32 Secs.
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