Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonata for violin & piano No. 25 in F major, K. 377 (K. 374e)

    Description by Brian Robins

    This is the second of two sonatas for piano and violin in the same key composed during the summer of 1781. It was a period during which Mozart was settling to his new life in Vienna after his ignoble dismissal from the service of the Archbishop of Salzburg, Hieronymus Colloredo on June 8. The two F major Sonatas are very different in character. The first to have been composed, K. 376, is a work of considerable brilliance, but the present work has an intense, agitated opening Allegro, a set dark-hued theme and set of variations in D minor (marked Andante) for its second movement. The final bars of the theme introduce some particularly felicitous interplay between the two instruments, a mark not only of the new equality Mozart had introduce to the medium, but also the greater motivic integration between them. The final movement, marked Tempo di Minuetto, is a rondo. Before the end of the year five sonatas were published along with the C Major Sonata, K. 296, by the firm of Artaria and Co., Mozart's first works published in Vienna. The set was issued with a dedication to Josepha Auernhammer, a pupil of Mozart's for whom he wrote the Sonata in D for two pianos, K. 448, and who later read proofs for the composer. The set was issued as "Op. 2," a meaningless appendage since it was the third of Mozart's to be so called. A subsequent review of the set recognized their great advance, remarking on their richness in new ideas and manner in which "the violin is so artfully combined with the clavier part." The fact that the set was also published in Paris (in 1785) and was still being advertised by Artaria in 1787 leads to the assumption that the sonatas attained considerable popularity.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Allegro
    2. Theme with 6 Variations. Andante
    3. Tempo di Menuetto

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 Oberlin Music OC 1701
    2017 Centaur Records CRC 3619202122
    2017 Vermeer 4001417
    2017 Hänssler Classic HC 17013
    2017 Fleur de Son FDS 58040
    2017 Hyperion CDA 68164
    2015 Warner Classics 0825646019311
    2015 Deutsche Grammophon 4794708
    2014 Gramola 99038
    2014 CRD Records CRR 3435
    2014 Erato 2564624223
    2013 Naxos 8573033
    2012 Music & Arts MA 1225
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon 002894779464
    2011 Chaconne / Chandos CHAN0781
    2011 Oehms Classics OC 756
    2010 Haenssler 98254
    2010 Camerata Records 28187
    2010 Decca
    2010 Newton Classics 8802022
    2010 Nimbus 2562/65
    2009 Haenssler 98253
    2009 Doremi Records 7964-69
    2009 Decca 4781149
    2009 Decca
    2008 Channel Classics 26208
    2008 Avi 855307
    2008 Philips 4646602
    2008 Gramola 98852
    2007 Channel Classics 23906
    2006 Warner Classics
    2006 Gramola GRAM 98777/82
    2006 Accent 20041
    2006 Vanguard 1885
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon 477631
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon 000710202
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon
    2006 Philips
    2005 Warner Classics 4623362
    2005 Analekta 29823-4
    2005 Philips 000483036
    2005 Decca 4782540
    2005 Philips
    2005 Philips 000411502
    2005 Harmonia Mundi 807380
    2005 Harmonia Mundi 907380
    2005 Brilliant 92540
    2004 Brilliant 99721
    2004 Zig Zag Territoires 21001
    2004 Musicaphon 51750
    2003 Doremi Records 7821-5
    2003 Vanguard Classics 1224
    2002 Calliope 3664/7
    2000 Deutsche Grammophon
    2000 Philips 000575402
    1999 Music & Arts 4665
    1999 Philips 446237
    1998 Philips 462185
    1997 APR (Appian) 5543
    1996 Sony Classical 61962
    1995 EtCetera Records 1138
    1995 Naxos 553110
    1995 Philips 446 222-2PB25
    1994 Vox 5128
    1992 Deutsche Grammophon 431784
    1992 Nonesuch 79155
    1991 Pearl GEMMCD9454
    1991 Philips 422515
    Music & Arts 665
    Warner Music
    Brilliant 92628/10
    Brilliant 92628
    Deutsche Grammophon 463749
    RCA 60447
    Deutsche Grammophon 419215
    EMI Music Distribution 575582
    Vanguard 8036
    RCA 77552
    Lyrinx 105
    Meridian Records 84191
    Nuova Era 6836/41
    Verdi Music 6815
    Philips 412141
    Brilliant 99721/3
    Deutsche Grammophon 431276