Mozart: Sonatas for fortepiano & violin Vol 1.

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Mozart: Sonatas for fortepiano & violin Vol 1.
Isabelle Faust (violin) & Alexander Melnikov (fortepiano)

[ Harmonia Mundi / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 18 January 2019

In this first volume of Mozart's duos, Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov revive on period instruments the tradition of the 'sonata for keyboard with violin accompaniment'. Born in the middle of the Age of Enlightenment, this rather unusual concept continued to thrive in the era of Viennese Classicism, even if, long before Beethoven, Mozart swiftly sealed its fate by instigating (or, in a sense, restoring) an increasingly lively conversation between the two instruments. What a beautiful couple they were to make! Here is the first chapter in their story...

"Both players on this warmly recorded release respond to the distinctive soundworlds of these works with performances of great subtlety and flexibility. As in her recordings of the Mozart Violin Concertos, Isabelle Faust uses vibrato extremely sparingly, but still manages to create an astonishing variety of timbres…Melnikov, performing on a modern reproduction of an Anton Walter fortepiano, also maximises the textural variety in Mozart's writing." BBC Music Five Stars

"For those attuned to the less refined sound of period instruments, Faust and Melnikov demand to be heard." Gramophone

"In two of the six sonatas Mozart published in Paris in 1778, their mercurial dialogue in K304 (E minor) sounds more natural than the mannered andante cantabile of K306 (D major), but they are at their best "conversing" with breezy fluency in the great A major K526." Sunday Times


Sonata K 306 (300l)
D major / Ré majeur / D-Dur
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante cantabile
III. Allegretto

Sonata K 304 (300c)
E minor / mi mineur / e-Moll
I. Allegro
II. Tempo di Menuetto

Sonata K 526
A major / La majeur / A-Dur
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante
III. Presto