Violin by Joseph Clotz, Mittenwald, c.1700; fortepiano by Derek Adlam, Welbeck, 1987, after Anton Walter, Vienna, c.1795 (from the collection of Christopher Hogwood). Temperament: Thomas Young, A = 430
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According to legend, Mozart was so rushed when writing K379 and K454 that he was forced to première the pieces with incomplete piano parts. Paying homage to this spirit of spontaneity in a programme of some of Mozart's most beloved chamber works, Petra Müllejans and Kristian Bezuidenhout present a reading of these pieces that recaptures the freshness and volatility of those early performances.
Mozart: Sonata In B Flat, K 454 - 1. Largo, Allegro
Mozart: Sonata In B Flat, K 454 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Sonata In B Flat, K 454 - 3. Allegretto
Mozart: Sonata In G, K 379/373A - 1. Adagio
Mozart: Sonata In G, K 379/373A - Allegro
Mozart: Sonata In G, K 379/373A - 2. Thema: Andantino Cantabile
Mozart: Six Variations On "Au Bord D'Une Fontaine", K 360/374B - Thema: Andantino
Mozart: Sonata In C, K 296 - 1. Allegro Vivace
Mozart: Sonata In C, K 296 - 2. Andante Sostenuto
Mozart: Sonata In C, K 296 - 3. Rondeau: Allegro
27th March 2009
“Müllejans and Bezuidenhout capture the improvisatory air of the programme in a vibrant, highly expressive performance. Their interpretation has a sense of volatility to it that engenders a marvellous hearing-it-for-the-first-time sensation. Furthermore, there emanates from this recording such a highly developed sense of artistic partnership that it doesn't feel like an exaggeration to say that they play as one”
“…Müllejans and Bezuidenhout bring a spirit of improvisation to their performance, with many apparently spontaneous ornaments and a general air of freedom.”
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