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Mozart: Duo Sonatas, Volume 4

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2011

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File

Artists:

Duo Amade



Venue:

St Mary's Church, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk



Producer:

Rachel Smith



Engineer:

Peter Newble



Record Label
Chaconne

Genre:

Chamber




Total Time - 75:37
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WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

(1756-1791)
   
 

Sonata, KV 379

20:34  
  in G major - in G-Dur - en sol majeur  
  Josepha von Aurnhammer gewidmet  
1 Adagio - 5:02
2 Allegro 5:42
3 Thema. Andantino cantabile - 9:50
  Variation I (Violino tacet) -  
  Variation II -  
  Variation III -  
  Variation IV -  
  Variation V. Adagio -  
  Thema. Allegretto -  
  Coda  
 

Sonata, KV 403

13:43  
  in C major - in C-Dur - en ut majeur  
  Last movement completed by Maximilian Johann Karl Dominik (Abbé) Stadler (1748-1833)  
4 Allegro moderato 6:58
5 Andante - 2:14
6 Allegretto 4:31
   
 

Sonata, KV 377

19:15  
  in F major - in F-Dur - en fa majeur  
  Josepha von Aurnhammer gewidmet  
7 Allegro 5:58
8 Thema. Andante - 8:17
  Variation I -  
  Variation II -  
  Variation III -  
  Variation IV -  
  Variation V -  
  Variation VI. Siciliana -  
  [Coda]  
9 Tempo di Menuetto 5:00
   
 

Sonata, KV 481

22:05  
  in E flat major - in Es-Dur - en mi bémol majeur  
10 Molto allegro 7:16
11 Adagio 7:00
12 Thema. Allegretto - 7:49
  Variation I -  
  Variation II -  
  Variation III -  
  Variation IV -  
  Variation V -  
  Variation VI. Allegro  


Catherine Mackintosh and Geoffrey Govier formed Duo Amadè in the 1980s, specifically to perform the charming and intimate works for keyboard and violin by Mozart in concert, often with readings from his family letters.

This is the fourth volume in the series of Mozart’s accompanied sonatas. The first volume was made an Editor’s Choice by Gramophone in recognition of its musicality and ‘historically informed performances’, while the second volume was made a Critic’s Choice in the same magazine. In this latest volume of duo sonatas, featuring KV 377, KV 379, KV 403, and KV 481, Duo Amadè once again offers performances of a similar spirit and style.

The violinist Catherine Mackintosh has long been recognised as a pioneering early music performer, and in recording the complete cycle of duo sonatas by Mozart she is fulfilling the ambition of a lifetime. Best known as the former leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, she plays with The Purcell Quartet, among others, and is a distinguished teacher.

Her partner in Duo Amadè is the fortepianist Geoffrey Govier, who over the last twenty years has worked with singers such as Gerald Finley, Charles Daniels, and Catherine Bott, the horn player Andrew Clark, and the chamber groups Ensemble Galant and The Revolutionary Drawing Room. He finds time for both editorial work and research into the development of the fortepiano.

Geoffrey Govier plays an instrument made by Christopher Clark in Cluny after Anton Walter, while Catherine Mackintosh plays a violin by Giovanni Grancino, dating from 1703. The 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.
 

  *****

Stefano Pagliantini – Musica – February 2012


"...Very strongly recommended..."

Robert Maxham - Fanfare - January/February 2012


“Engaging performances that gently seduce the listener into a Classical soundworld, so alluring and believable it feels as though one has travelled back in time in a musical Tardis.”  ****
Julian Haylock – Classic FM magazine – September 2011 




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