MOZART with SPECIAL EDITIONS / NEW & RARE RECORDINGS
SERIA, OPERA BUFFA, EARLY SONATAS...
The "Little Sonatas"
EARLY SONATAS KV 10-15 - Nimbus
Records NI 5754
are amazed by the words that come out of the mouths of babes. What
about the music that comes out of the minds of babes? Mozart
was all of nine years of age - not exactly an infant, but a child
nonetheless - when he wrote the six "little sonatas" for
harpsichord and flute (or violin as originally envisioned) in this
quite enjoyable recording by Hansgeorg Schmeiser (flute) and Ingomar
Originally printed as Opus 3 in London in 1765 where Mozart was
being presented as a child prodigy, these pieces, thought to have
probably been edited by his father Leopold, have since seen several
incarnations as piano and chamber music (e.g., as 6 Sonatas for
Flute and Piano) of interest mainly to antiquarians and flutists.
In this the latest edition, Rainer and Schmeiser start out from
the original printed version using a historical harpsichord and
a modern flute to explore the musical possibilities of these works
of childhood. What they discover (and what we hear) are structurally
cohesive pieces that are rich in invention, characterized by a "youthful
zest", and have "an astounding depth of feeling;"
and that belie the composer's age and equal, if not surpass, the
creations of his more mature contemporaries. Listen to some
clips, and you will likely agree that these "little sonatas"
are NOT diamonds in the rough but little diamonds of childhood that
presage the great masterpieces of his adult years.
in B flat KV.10
in A KV.12
in F KV.13
in F KV.13
Anne-Sophie Mutter's "Mozart Project"
Mozart has been
a dominant presence in the career of celebrated violinist Anne-Sophie
Mutter. Thus in 2006, in celebration of Mozart's 250th birth anniversary
and her own 30th year of performing, she launched her Mozart Project:
a series of new recordings of Mozart's works. The first two
such albums were issued earlier this year, about which there will
be more on FanFaire soon.
VIOLIN CONCERTOS /
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Mutter, violinist & conductor
TRIOS K. 502, 542, 548
the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Mutter, violin; André Previn, piano
Deutsche Gramophone B0005078-02
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