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Mozart - Complete Sonatas For Keyboard And Violin, Vol. 1

Rachel Podger, Gary Cooper


SKU: 21804

Year of release: 2004

Sonata In G Major KV 379 20:48
1. Adagio Mozart 05:56
2. Allegro Mozart 05:14
3. Thema_ Andantino Cantabile Mozart 09:37
Sonata In C Major KV 6 14:33
4. Allegro Mozart 04:51
5. Andante Mozart 03:54
6. Menuet I & II Mozart 02:09
7. Allegro Molto Mozart 03:37
Sonata In F Major KV 547 21:43
8. Andantino Cantabile Mozart 05:07
9. Allegro Mozart 08:58
10. Thema_ Andante Mozart 07:38
Sonata In B Flat Major KV 378 19:54
11. Allegro Moderato Mozart 08:50
12. Andantino Sostenuto e Cantabile Mozart 06:37
13. Rondeau_ Allegro Mozart 04:26
Total time: 77:00

About this album

In recording these Mozart Sonatas, a paradox quickly became apparent. I feel Mozart’s music is aimed at the heart. Approaching his music instinctively comes mostnaturally to me: it seems so effortlessly composed, and communicates to us directly. After all, why do children react so positively to this music of the heart? And yet I alsofound my experience of performing Baroque music helped me find a way of understanding and appreciating Mozart’s style.The inclusion of early, middle and late Sonatas on this disc conveys a balanced survey of Mozart’s music for violin and keyboard. Each Sonata stands out clearly in it’s ownright, revealing a snapshot in time of his developing personality. This is an ongoing voyage of discovery for me, and I feel I am only at the beginningRachel Podger

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Strings Magazine

Podger knows how to step aside with allowing her part to seem entirely superfluous. This should be an outstanding series, and the perfectly natural SACD audio options greatly helps the musicians bring Mozart to life.

BBC Music Magazine

This young British duo are natural Mozartians, phrasing discerningly, summoning plenty of temperament when required, yet never over-egging the pudding when the composer is in guideless vein. .... the players responding creatively to each others phrasing

Haagsche Courant

de violiste reageert alert en enthousiast op het flitsende spel dat Cooper ten beste geeft. Haar vioolklank heeft de ijlheid en de pregnantie waaraan we bij historische uitvoeringen van de 18e eeuwse muziek langzamerhand gewend zijn


Gary Cooper plays with considerable freedom, often spreading chords to soften their impact or for extra expressiveness, and ornamenting repeated passages most imaginatively. Rachel Podgers accompaniments are unforced and flow easily, and she enjoys taking the lead, playing boldly yet with sensitivity.


Impressionnant, vraiment ... Il y a une profusion, tout au long de cd disque, de la tendresse, de la posie, de la verve, de la joie de vivre, de la mélancolie. Bref, du Grand Art! Une integrale qui promet.


En quelques annes Rachel Podger s'est impos comme une des toiles montantes du violon et l'on comprend pourquoi

Tijdschrift Oude Muziek

This should be an outstanding series, and the perfectly natural SACD audio option greatly helps, the musicians bring Mozart to life. Strings (...) de fluwelen van Podger en het subtiel uitgemeten spel van Cooper vormen de perfecte combinatie voor een sprankelende Mozart. (...)


Podger en Cooper spelen met alles dat ze aangereikt krijgen, de timbres van hun instrumentarium, de kleuren van de harmonie, de beweging van het drama, de sensitieve elegantie van de melodie. () () Essentieel is ook de toewijding waarmee Jared Sacks de instrumenten heeft vastgelegd, zodat ze op superaudio cd apparatuur hun diepste klankgeheimen zonder terughouding prijsgeven.

The Observer

Podger's youth and Baroque experience combine to bring a charm and freshness of approach which suit these delightful pieces perfectly.

The Dallas Morning News

This isn't the first project to record Mozart's violin sonatas on period instruments, but it promises to be the first really listenable one. When coupled with the rich, dark sound of the fortepiano Gary Cooper is playing -- a modern copy of an Anton Walter instrument from 1795 -- the violin sounds both beautiful and -- the point of it all -- dramatic.

Klassieke Zaken

Gary Cooper, de pianist, is een uitstekende gangmaker: fantasievol () Met twee partners die volkomen aan elkaar gewaagd zijn, levert deze cd een spannend uurtje luisteren op. Podgers ervaring in de barokke uitvoeringspraktijk biedt haar de beste kansen om Mozarts stijl te doorgronden.


So hort man Mozart gerne () Ensemble III Einen phänomenalen Mozart () (...) So voller Kontrasten, Spielfreude und Nachdenklichkeit und Witz muss Mozart selbst das auch ausgeführt haben (...)


met temperamentvol spel, gesteund door een vlekkeloze techniek. Rachel Podger, de violiste, kleurt haar partij prachtig in (...) (...) De sterkste troeven speelt het duo uit in de langzame delen en de zachtere, subtiele passages. Een adembenemend Andantino van de Sonate in Bes. Maar ook met tempo en dynamiek tot de uiterste grenzen opgevoerd worden er uitzonderlijke resultaten bereikt. Ik zie met hooggespannen verwachtingen uit naar de volgende afleveringen.


Er ist ein gleichwertiger Partner und nicht nur ein Begleiter .... So einen Mozart haben Sie bestimmt noch nie gehrt!! So ungefähr muss Mozart selbst gespielt haben - man kan ihn förmlich sehen, wie er seinen spa hat an dieser Musik


Transparenz und Leichtigkeit. Durch die feine klangliche Abstimmung und eine sorgfltig gestaltete Dynamik ergeben sich Klanggesprache voller Spiellust. Cooper ist wie Podger ein Spezialist

Gary Cooper is a hell of a fine keyboard player, his strong touch lets the fortepiano sing out not only with clarity but with a degree of warmth unusual for this instrument. He is a fully equal partner in these performances. ... Podger's playing has the bold, clear, brusque sound we are accustomed to from her.

International Record Review

There is some truly inspiring playing here (...) (...) While the ensemble between Podger and Cooper is as good as one could wish for theres not a note out of place it is the excellence of the violin accompaniments which stands out. (...) (...) Dual simplicity and sophistication of the performances. Warmly recommended


a musical tour-de-force (...) The interaction between Rachel Podger and the gifted fortepianist Gary Cooper is no less than extraordinary. They succeed in cracking a formidable code that leads the listener to understand the musical connection between single phrases and larger sections within the sonata form Mozart perfected. () () Podger and Coopers masterly first endeavour captures the heart and the mind of the master.

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationThe Church of our Lady ;South Creake, United Kingdom 2004
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJonathan Attwood
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersMeitner A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Cablesvan den Hul T3 series