Various Artists

Mozart: Violin Sonatas; String Duos & Trios

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If you're looking for a set that encompasses the entirety of Mozart's chamber works for violin, look no further. This nine-disc set from Philips' complete Mozart edition of 1991 contains not only all the sonatas for violin and piano and for violin and harpsichord, it also contains the sonata for two violins and cello, the duos for violin and viola, the trios for violin, viola and cello and a disc's worth of miscellaneous andantes, adagios, allegrettos, and allegros for violin and keyboard. Not only that, but these are some of the finest recordings any of these works have ever received. Dominating the set is violinist Arthur Grumiaux, whose singing lines, clear tone, and clean intonation make him an ideal Mozart player. His recordings of the violin sonatas with pianist Walter Klein have long been acknowledged to be the best available and his recordings of the string trio Divertimento in E flat major and of the string trio transcriptions of six Bach preludes and fugues have long been prized by connoisseurs of Mozart recordings. The performances that fill out the set are almost but not quite at that supreme level. Isabelle van Keulen and Ronald Brautigam turn in splendid performances of the sonatas, variations, and fragments on the first disc, Blandine Verlet and Gérard Poulet turn in enchanting performances of the early sonatas on the next two discs, and three members of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble turn in an entirely successful performance of the nearly inconsequential Sonata (Trio) in B flat major on the last disc. But the heart and soul of this collection are the six discs with Grumiaux, and in Philips' transparent reissues, they sound as real here as they did on LP.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Sonata for violin & piano No. 36 in F major ("For Beginners"), K. 547
1 04:02 Amazon
2 06:08 Amazon
3 07:00 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 31 in C major (fragment), K. 404 (K. 385d)
4 01:51 Amazon
5 01:26 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 29 in A major (fragment), K. 402 (K. 385e)
6 03:57 Amazon
7 02:56 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 30 in C major (fragment), K. 403 (K. 385c)
8 04:44 Amazon
9 02:57 Amazon
10 04:39 Amazon
11 03:48 Amazon
12 07:40 Amazon
13 13:26 Amazon
Sonata for violin & cello in C major, (K. 46d)
14 02:07 Amazon
15 02:12 Amazon
Sonata for violin & cello in F major, (K. 46e)
16 01:24 Amazon
17 02:30 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in C major, K. 6
1 04:29 Amazon
2 03:17 Amazon
3 02:09 Amazon
4 02:57 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in D major, K. 7
5 03:48 Amazon
6 02:59 Amazon
7 02:32 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 3 in B flat major, K. 8
8 03:24 Amazon
9 04:03 Amazon
10 03:13 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 4 in G major, K. 9
11 05:56 Amazon
12 03:48 Amazon
13 04:54 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in B flat major, K. 10
14 02:32 Amazon
15 03:09 Amazon
16 02:56 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 6 in G major, K. 11
17 02:56 Amazon
18 04:04 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 7 in A major, K. 12
19 03:14 Amazon
20 02:19 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Sonata for violin & piano No. 8 in F major, K. 13
1 02:48 Amazon
2 03:15 Amazon
3 01:46 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in C major, K. 14
4 02:50 Amazon
5 02:39 Amazon
6 03:10 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 10 in B flat major, K. 15
7 04:34 Amazon
8 01:34 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 11 in E flat major, K. 26
9 03:21 Amazon
10 03:34 Amazon
11 02:27 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 12 in G major, K. 27
12 03:26 Amazon
13 03:58 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 13 in C major, K. 28
14 03:15 Amazon
15 02:34 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 14 in D major, K. 29
16 03:31 Amazon
17 03:39 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 15 in F major, K. 30
18 03:12 Amazon
19 02:51 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 16 in B flat major, K. 31
20 04:07 Amazon
21 04:08 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Sonata for violin & piano No. 22 in A major, K. 305 (K. 293d)
1 04:44 Amazon
2 01:03 Amazon
3 00:56 Amazon
4 00:57 Amazon
5 00:55 Amazon
6 01:08 Amazon
7 00:57 Amazon
8 00:59 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 23 in D major, K. 306 (K. 300l)
9 07:23 Amazon
10 06:38 Amazon
11 06:42 Amazon
Variations (6) on "Hélas, j'ai perdu mon amant," for violin & piano in G major, K. 360 (K. 374b)
12 01:00 Amazon
13 00:55 Amazon
14 01:00 Amazon
15 00:59 Amazon
16 00:58 Amazon
17 00:59 Amazon
18 01:08 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 24 in F major, K. 376 (K. 374d)
19 04:44 Amazon
20 05:00 Amazon
21 05:56 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 25 in F major, K. 377 (K. 374e)
22 04:14 Amazon
23 01:19 Amazon
24 01:07 Amazon
25 01:09 Amazon
26 01:07 Amazon
27 01:06 Amazon
28 01:11 Amazon
29 01:50 Amazon
30 05:22 Amazon
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