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 / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2021
    Harmonia Mundi
    902362DI
    2021
    Harmonia Mundi
    HMM 902362
    2018
    Accent
    ACC 24351
    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
    Channel Classics
    CCSBOX 6414
    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
    Various Artists
    Decca
    4781149
    2009
    Various Artists
    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
    2006
    Deutsche Grammophon
    477631
    2006
    Deutsche Grammophon
    000710202
    2006
    Philips
    2005
    Warner Classics
    4623362
    2005
    Analekta
    29823-4
    2005
    Decca
    4782540
    2005
    Philips
    2005
    Philips
    000411502
    2005
    Philips
    000483036
    2005
    Harmonia Mundi
    907380
    2005
    Harmonia Mundi
    807380
    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
    Lyrinx
    105
    RCA
    77552
    Meridian Records
    84191
    Nuova Era
    6836/41
    Verdi Music
    6815
    Philips
    412141
    Brilliant
    99721/3
    Deutsche Grammophon
    431276