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Mozart: Duo Sonatas, Volume 1

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2008

Originally recorded in 2008


Duo Amade


St Michaels Church, Highgate, London


Rachel Smith


Jonathan Cooper

Paul Quilter


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Total Time - 65:59
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Sonata I, KV 301

  in G major - in G-Dur - en sol majeur  
1 Allegro con spirito 11:16
2 Allegro 5:24

Sonata III, KV 303

  in C major - in C-Dur - en ut majeur  
3 Adagio - Molto allegro - Adagio - Molto allegro 5:20
4 Tempo di menuetto 5:43

Six Variations on an Andantino, 'Helas, j'ai perdu mon amant', KV 360

  in G major - in g-Moll - en sol mineur  
5 Thema. Andantino - 0:41
6 Variation I - 1:24
7 Variation II - 1:22
8 Variation III - 1:26
9 Variation IV - 1:24
10 Variation V - 1:37
11 Variation VI 1:33

Sonata II, KV 302

  in E flat major - in Es-Dur - en mi bémol majeur  
12 Allegro 8:03
13 Rondeau. Andante grazioso 6:22

Twelve Variations on 'La Bergere Celimene', KV 359

  in G major - in G-Dur - en sol majeur  
14 Thema. Allegretto - 0:48
15 Variation I - 0:49
16 Variation II - 0:48
17 Variation III - 0:50
18 Variation IV - 0:56
19 Variation V - 0:53
20 Variation VI - 1:06
21 Variation VII - 0:55
22 Variation VIII - 1:13
23 Variation IX - 1:45
24 Variation X - 0:46
25 Variation XI. Adagio - 2:41
26 Variation XII. Allegro 0:54
Mozart’s charming and intimate late violin sonatas KV 301, 302 and 303, composed in Mannheim in 1778 are performed here on period instruments by Duo Amadè (Catherine Mackintosh and Geoffrey Govier) and coupled with two sets of variations based on French popular tunes.

Mackintosh and Govier have a love for this repertoire which stretches back to the late 1980s when they first met at the Royal College of Music, London. They formed Duo Amadè in order to perform the charming and intimate works of Mozart for this combination in concert, often with readings from his family letters. In 2006 Duo Amadè performed the whole cycle at the Royal College of Music.

Violinist Catherine Mackintosh is best known as the former leader of Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment and part of the Purcell Quartet. She is joined by fortepianist Geoffrey Govier. Geoffrey plays a fortepiano after Anton Walter made by Christopher Clare in Cluny while Catherine plays a violin dating from 1703 by Giovanni Grancino. These instruments bring a lightness and freshness of articulation to these delightful works, entirely in keeping with the spirit of enlightenment in which the sonatas were written. It is their aim is to record the complete cycle of mature sonatas.

"Duo Amade embarks on its Mozart project with sytlish, technically proficient and immensely enjoyable accounts of three sonatas and two variation sets... Both variation sets (K359 and K360) are deftly characterises and the recorded sound is more faithful than many period instrument recordings."

Robin Stowell


Early Music Today - August/September 2009

For Catherine Mackintosh and Geoffrey Govier the ‘rules’ of historically informed performance have become second nature; we get the impression they’re playing for sheer enjoyment of the music. All the distinctive moments are appreciated and given due emphasis but in a spontaneous way, the interpretative points never going beyond what musicians with good rapport might do on the spur of the moment. Yet it’s obvious that Govier and Mackintosh are careful, as well as spirited, interpreters. The recorded sound and balance are excellent, and they artfully control their dynamics so that principal and subsidiary lines are clearly distinguished.

"Classical sensitivity and enchantment illuminate these infectiously buoyant performances, expertly played on authentic instruments."

Early Music Review

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