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Complete Sonatas for Keyboard and Violin vol. 7/8

Rachel Podger, Gary Cooper

Mozart

SKU: 28109

Year of release: 2009

1. Allegro in B flat major, KV 372 Mozart 08:05
2. 6 Variations in G minor, ?Hélas, j?ai perdu mon amant?, KV 374b Mozart 11:12
Sonata in E Flat major, KV 26 08:27
3. Allegro molto Mozart 02:49
4. Adagio poco Andante Mozart 02:53
5. Rondeaux Mozart 02:44
6. Fantasia in C minor for Piano, KV 396 Mozart 10:29
7. 12 Variations in G major,?La Bergère Célimène?, KV 374a Mozart 17:03
Sonata in B Flat Major, KV 10 13:58
8. Allegro Mozart 04:55
9. Andante Mozart 05:32
10. Menuetto I and II Mozart 03:30
Sonata in G Major, KV 11 10:09
11. Andante Mozart 03:58
12. Allegro Mozart 02:14
13. Menuetto - Allegro Mozart 03:56
Sonata in A Major, KV 12 06:38
14. Andante Mozart 04:16
15. Allegro Mozart 02:21
Sonata in F Major, KV 13 13:47
16. Allegro Mozart 05:13
17. Andante Mozart 06:05
18. Menuetto I and II Mozart 02:28
Sonata in C Major, KV 14 10:38
19. Allegro Mozart 04:41
20. Allegro Mozart 02:52
21. Menuetto I and II ?Carillon? Mozart 03:05
Sonata in B Flat Major, KV 15 09:43
22. Andante maestoso Mozart 06:59
23. Allegro grazioso Mozart 02:44
Total time: 120:16

About this album

A Producer’s Note Before embarking upon these recordings of Mozart’s complete duo music for piano and violin, my experience of many of these works was as a typical post-war listener. That is to say, these were sonatas for violin and these should be performed only one at a time, usually as a good way to limber up the bowing arm and lubricate the fingers before the serious recital ‘material’ began. The journey of a producer in such a project – apart from all the generic responsibilities of supervising the sessions, ensuring all the music is covered and choosing the ‘takes’ which constitute the final product – involves regularly questioning the underlying motivation for wanting to communicate these pieces in a certain way. Both Gary Cooper and Rachel Podger have discovered a particular essence in this music, which has illuminated our understanding of the genre in Mozart’s hands. For this reason, this is a radical series. For some, it may lack a tradition of the kind of structured and cultured elan which Szymon Goldberg and Radu Lupu perpetuated (produced by that wonderful Decca doyen of the dark art, Christopher Raeburn) but for others it will lift the dialogue and characterisation onto new and irradiating levels. Of course, each volume has its own narrative and how brilliantly Gary has managed to programme early (some very early!), middle and late sonatas in ways which allow one to understand Mozart’s various ploys and distinctive ambitions in this music. In an ideally balanced oeuvre, one wishes there were another three big mid-to-late works. Yet what this series has done is highlight the care Mozart took in the refinement of sonatas or variations ‘to order’- a touching insight into awareness of capability, perhaps individual characters of performers, and that delectable turn of domestic tenderness which these pieces often exhibit. These two players bring these intimacies to bear wonderfully and, as producer, I had great fun working with them to find the shifting moods in music whose unpretentiousness belies the supreme quality of most of these works. Indeed, some of the sonata are far greater than I had imagined. If the piano sonatas (well, say the last ten) draw upon microcosms of allusion and reference to fellow instruments and their idioms (serenades and the like), then these ‘high end’ piano-violin sonatas take trips which almost exceed their bounds – think of those great long adagios. So, my lasting impression, having dissected every note of the music, is of a cornucopia of hidden gems; hidden because history has under-rated, misunderstood and bowdlerized the collective meaning of these works by assuming that it is an uneven genre – but then so are the symphonies and even the operas! Finally, one asks why there hasn’t previously been a complete recording on historical instruments. From my ‘privileged’ position as listener-in-chief, I can tell you it is because no pair can make such transparent and difficult music sound so effortless, elegant, witty, emotionally persuasive and enjoyable.
 

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Reviews

Fono Forum

geschickte Programgestaltung, ungmein liebenswürdige Interpretation.

Classical

Throughout their immense survey of Mozart's sonatas for keyboard and violin, the first played on instruments of the period, Gary Cooper and Rachel Podger have been acclaimed for restoring Mozart's little-known works in the genre. That's an understatement. These penetrating players have reinvented the species, long ignored by recitalists or used as warm-up numbers. In the last two volumes of their survey, they continue lifting the veil, especially in the 1764 sonatas by the eight-year-old Mozart, where the duo add a cello (Alison McGillivray) and Cooper switches from fortepiano to harpsichord. Superlative.

Luister

Nooit eerder in de fonografische geschiedenis van Mozarts oeuvre werden deze werken zo voorbeeldig recht gedaan. De 7e cd biedt rijpere Mozart, werken waar een verhaal bij hoort. (…) (…) Het sprankelende samenspel van Rachel Podger en Gary Cooper, de compleetheid en de klankschoonheid van spel en opname maakt deze serie tot een mijlpaal in de Mozartdiscografie.

Klassik.com

Das Ergebnis ist ein ungemein intimes und klanglich ausgewogenes Musizieren (...)

Gramophone

Cooper plays a fine sounding Kirckman harpsichord, dating from the exact period of Mozart’s English visit. With it he can make the most of the youthful virtuoso’s ebullient keyboard invention (…) Cooper and Podger perform the variations with typical verve, the many repeated sections provide opportunities for ornamentation, especially in KV359, where Mozart obligingly indicates a pause-with the possibility of a mini cadenza-in each variation. It’s impossible to ignore the individuality, vitality and commitment of their performances.

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix
Recording LocationUpperwood London, England
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJonathan Attwood
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB+W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersMeitner DSD /AD/DA
Cablesvan den Hul