Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonata for violin & piano No. 27 in G major, K. 379 (K. 373a)

    Description by Brian Robins

    Composed in April 1781, the present sonata is one of the last works composed by Mozart while he was in the service of the Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo of Salzburg. Early in March, Mozart, who had only recently returned from Munich after supervising the first performances of his opera Idomeneo, was summoned by the Archbishop to Vienna along with other members of the archiepiscopal retinue. On April 8, the Archbishop held a concert at the home of his brother, Prince Rudolph Joseph Colloredo. Later that night, Mozart sat down to write to his father Leopold: "Today (for I am writing at eleven o'clock at night) we had a concert where three of my compositions were performed -- new ones, of course; a rondo for a concerto for Brunetti [Antonio Brunetti, the Archbishop's concertmaster], a sonata with violin accompaniment for myself [the present work], which I composed last night between eleven and twelve (but in order to be able to finish it, I only wrote out the accompaniment for Brunetti and retained my own part in my head): and then a rondo for Ceccarelli [the castrato Francesco Ceccarelli, also in the service of the Archbishop], which he had to repeat." This passage casts interesting light on the status of the violin and piano duo sonata in Mozart's time, making it clear that the violin part was still looked upon as essentially an accompaniment to the keyboard part. Despite this clear suggestion of the dominance of the keyboard part, Mozart's sonatas were in reality increasingly working toward a greater degree of equality between the two instruments. There are few signs of the haste with which the work was composed. Unusually it opens not with a quick movement, but a rather serious Adagio which is followed by an intense Allegro in G minor. The final movement is a theme and variations. The G major Sonata was first published in 1781 by the Viennese house Artaria along with the sonatas K. 296 and K. 376 to K. 380, a set of six issued as "Op. 2." The set also found its way to Paris, where Mozart's previous group of violin sonatas (K. 301 to K. 306) had been first published in 1778, being brought out there by Boyer in 1785.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Adagio
    2. Allegro
    3. Thema. Andantino cantabile

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Blue Griffin Recording BG 479
    2018 Deutsche Grammophon
    2017 Oberlin Music OC 1701
    2017 Centaur Records CRC 3619202122
    2017 Vermeer 4001417
    2017 Hänssler Classic HC 17013
    2017 Fleur de Son FDS 58040
    2016 Alto MCS 1310
    2016 Deutsche Grammophon 4795964
    2016 Julija Zibrat / Kayleen Asbo
    2016 Hyperion CDA 68091
    2016 Warner Classics 557828
    2016 EuroArts / Warner Classics 555050
    2016 Warner Classics 0825646777068
    2015 Genuin GEN 15334
    2015 Deutsche Grammophon 4794708
    2014 CRD Records CRR 3435
    2014 Erato 2564624223
    2012 Warner Classics 2564660542
    2012 Warner Classics
    2012 Ondine ODE 12042
    2012 Music & Arts MA 1225
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon 002894779464
    2011 Chaconne / Chandos CHAN0781
    2010 Haenssler 98254
    2010 Caro Mitis 0042007
    2010 Decca
    2010 Newton Classics 8802022
    2010 Nimbus 2562/65
    2010 Musicaphon 56911
    2010 Music & Arts 1244
    2009 Harmonia Mundi HMU907494
    2009 Doremi Records 7964-69
    2009 Decca
    2009 Decca 4781149
    2008 Camerata Records 28114
    2008 Avi 855307
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099921741
    2008 Philips 4646602
    2008 Gramola 98852
    2006 Regis Records 1140
    2006 Warner Classics
    2006 Delos 3367
    2006 Gramola GRAM 98777/82
    2006 Warner Classics
    2006 Accent 20041
    2006 Verso 2021
    2006 Vanguard 1885
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon 477631
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon 000710202
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon
    2006 Philips
    2005 Warner Classics 4623362
    2005 EMI Classics
    2005 Analekta 29823-4
    2005 Channel Classics 21804
    2005 Warner Classics 61944
    2005 Brilliant 92540
    2004 Brilliant 99721
    2004 Zig Zag Territoires 21001
    2004 Musicaphon 51750
    2004 Moscow Studio Archives 17561
    2003 Doremi Records 7821-5
    2003 Vanguard Classics 1225
    2002 Sony Classical 89936
    2002 Calliope 3664/7
    2001 EMI Music Distribution 74293
    2001 BIS 1123
    2000 Deutsche Grammophon
    2000 Live Classics 102
    2000 Philips 000575402
    1999 Music & Arts 4665
    1999 Philips 462303
    1999 Accent 9175
    1999 Naxos 553112
    1996 Deutsche Grammophon / Universal
    1996 Globe Records 6039
    1992 Deutsche Grammophon 431784
    1992 Nonesuch 79155
    1991 Deutsche Grammophon 431771
    1991 Pearl GEMMCD9454
    1991 Philips 422515
    1991 Deutsche Grammophon 423229
    GM Recordings 2038
    Koch Discover International 920124
    Music & Arts 665
    Warner Music
    Brilliant 92628/11
    Brilliant 92628
    Deutsche Grammophon 463749
    Camerata Records 30CM334
    Warner Music
    RCA 60447
    EMI Music Distribution 575582
    Vanguard 8036
    Nuova Era 6836/41
    Verdi Music 6815
    Philips 412141
    Eufoda 1182
    DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77556
    RCA Victrola 77556
    Brilliant 99721/4
    BBC Music Magazine 118
    RCA 77556