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Mozart: Cello Sonatas, Volume 1

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Alexander Kniazev

cello

Edouard Oganessian

piano

Venue:

Small Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow



Producer:

Ruslana Oreshnikova


Martin Anderson

(Executive)

Engineer:

Ruslana Oreshnikova



Record Label
Toccata

Genre:

Chamber




Total Time - 60:33
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WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

(1756-1791)
   
 

Sonata in G major, K379

25:08  
1 I Adagio 14:01
2 II Allegro 11:07
   
 

Sonata in G major, K301

16:02  
3 I Allegro con spirito 10:35
4 II Allegro 5:27
   
 

Sonata in F major, K376

19:23  
5 I Allegro 6:45
6 II Andante 6:50
7 III Rondeau: Allegretto grazioso 5:48


Although Mozart wrote no fewer than 34 sonatas for violin and keyboard, he didn’t compose even one for cello. Alexander Kniazev’s remarkable transcriptions of three of the violin sonatas for cello and piano go some way to remedying that deficiency. They transform the works, too: the cello brings out the rich, proto-Romantic sonorities implicit in the music.
 

 "...This well-recorded CD is an experiment that I’d say succeeds not only because the cello enhances the effect of K 379, but due to the strong character of the music-making in general."

Paul Orgel - Fanfare - May/June 2013


‘...Given that he wrote 34 violin sonatas, it was very remiss of Mozart not to write any for the cello… fine playing by both artists and they make a good duo.’

Patrick C Waller

MusicWeb - November 2005

"I have been completely taken by Russian cellist Alexander Kniazev’s reworking of three of Mozart’s sonatas for violin and piano. Mozart has not only been transcribed for cello and piano; he has been Romanticized. And it works wonderfully well in these meltingly lovely performances by Kniazev and Russian pianist Edouard Oganessian. This is a special release, particularly if you already know this music. You will be surprised."


Robert Reilly
 

Crisis

                         Performance ****    Sound ***
"Regrettably, Mozart never got round to writing a work of substance for solo cello, but there’s absolutely no reason why cellists shouldn’t plunder his vast output for music which could work well on their instrument. Alexander Kniazev has certainly undertaken this act of piracy with relish, coming up with highly effective cello transcriptions of three of the master’s violin sonatas. There are even places in these works where the cello’s greater depth and range is preferable to the original, resulting in a more equally balanced and stimulating dialogue with the piano.
 
Kniazev and Edouard Oganessian clearly view Mozart in a Romantic light, for example making the slow introduction to K379 sound unusually indulgent. This won’t appeal to purists, but there’s little doubt that both performers are passionately committed to the music and are equally capable of effecting elegance and charm in the more light-hearted movements of K301. It’s a pity that faithful observance of all marked repeats may have prevented room for a further Sonata."
 

Erik Levi

BBC Music Magazine - December 2005



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