Mozart - Complete Sonatas For Keyboard And Violin, Vol. 1 (2004)


Rachel Podger, Gary Cooper

In recording these Mozart Sonatas, a paradox quickly became apparent. I feel Mozart’s music is aimed at the heart. Approaching his music instinctively comes mostnaturally to me: it seems so effortlessly composed, and communicates to us directly. After all, why do children react so positively to this music of the heart? And yet I alsofound my experience of performing Baroque music helped me find a way of understanding and appreciating Mozart’s style.The inclusion of early, middle and late Sonatas on this disc conveys a balanced survey of Mozart’s music for violin and keyboard. Each Sonata stands out clearly in it’s ownright, revealing a snapshot in time of his developing personality. This is an ongoing voyage of discovery for me, and I feel I am only at the beginningRachel Podger

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Rachel Podger

Rachel Podger is one of the most creative talents to emerge in the field of period performance. Over the last two decades she has established herself as a leading interpreter of the music of the Baroque and Classical periods. She was educated inGermany and in England at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with David Takeno and Micaela Comberti. After beginnings with The Palladian Ensemble and Florilegium, she was leader ofThe English Concert from 1997 to 2002 and in 2004 began a guest directorship with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with whom she appeared in a televised bbc Prom in 2007.

As a guest director and soloist she has collaborated with numerous orchestras including Arte dei Suonatori (Poland), Musica Angelica and Santa Fe ProMusica (usa), The Academy of Ancient Music, The European Union BaroqueOrchestra, Holland Baroque Society, the Handel and Haydn Society (usa), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (usa). Rachel has toured and recorded extensively with fortepianist Gary Cooper. Rachel records exclusively for Channel Classics and has won numerous prestigious awards including the Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Award for La Stravaganza in2003 and the Diapason d’Or de l’année in the Baroque Ensemble category for the LaCetra Vivaldi concertos with Holland Baroque Society in 2012.

Rachel directs her own ensemble, Brecon Baroque, with whom she has recorded Bach’s Violin Concertos, released in October 2010 to outstanding reviews. She is also Artistic Director of her own festival: the Brecon Baroque Festival. Rachel is an honorary member of both the Royal Academy of Music (where she holds the Michaela Comberti Chair for Baroque Violin) and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (where she holds the Jane Hodge Foundation International Chair in Baroque Violin) and teaches at institutions throughout the world.

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper is an English conductor and classical keyboardist who specializes in the harpsichord and fortepiano. He is known as an interpreter of the keyboard music of Bach and Mozart, and as a conductor of historically informed performances of music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods.Gary Cooper studied organ and harpsichord at Chetham's School of Music, the John Loosemore Centre, and was an organ scholar at New College, Oxford, where he graduated with First Class Honours. In 1990 while still a student at Oxford, he co-founded the New Chamber Opera, and has conducted many of their performances, including a complete recording of Rameau's cantatas and a new production of Handel's rarely performed opera, Orlando, at Sadler's Wells Theatre in 2006.

Between 1992 and 2000, he was a member of the baroque ensemble, Trio Sonnerie, with whom he performed regularly throughout Europe and the United States. Cooper made his Wigmore Hall solo recital debut on 1 December 2000 with a performance of Bach's complete Well-Tempered Clavier, and has frequently appeared as a recitalist both in the UK and in Europe. Several of his performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, including his 22 November 2004 recital at the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall in Manchester and his 29 January 2006 Wigmore Hall performance of Mozart's sonatas for piano and violin with violinist Rachel Podger, broadcast live as part of the European Broadcasting Union's Mozart Day.Gary Cooper has conducted for many ensembles including, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Hanover Band, and English Touring Opera (Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Handel's Alcina). He also teaches harpsichord and fortepiano at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Birmingham Conservatoire, and is Visiting Professor of fortepiano at the Royal College of Music.

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Mozart - Complete Sonatas For Keyboard And Violin, Vol. 1 (2004)


Rachel Podger, Gary Cooper

    The Observer

Podger's youth and Baroque experience combine to bring a charm and freshness of approach which suit these delightful pieces perfectly.

    BBC Music Magazine

This young British duo are natural Mozartians, phrasing discerningly, summoning plenty of temperament when required, yet never over-egging the pudding when the composer is in guideless vein. .... the players responding creatively to each others phrasing


Gary Cooper plays with considerable freedom, often spreading chords to soften their impact or for extra expressiveness, and ornamenting repeated passages most imaginatively. Rachel Podgers accompaniments are unforced and flow easily, and she enjoys taking the lead, playing boldly yet with sensitivity.


a musical tour-de-force (...) The interaction between Rachel Podger and the gifted fortepianist Gary Cooper is no less than extraordinary. They succeed in cracking a formidable code that leads the listener to understand the musical connection between single phrases and larger sections within the sonata form Mozart perfected. () () Podger and Coopers masterly first endeavour captures the heart and the mind of the master.

    International Record Review

There is some truly inspiring playing here (...) (...) While the ensemble between Podger and Cooper is as good as one could wish for theres not a note out of place it is the excellence of the violin accompaniments which stands out. (...) (...) Dual simplicity and sophistication of the performances. Warmly recommended

    The Dallas Morning News

This isn't the first project to record Mozart's violin sonatas on period instruments, but it promises to be the first really listenable one. When coupled with the rich, dark sound of the fortepiano Gary Cooper is playing -- a modern copy of an Anton Walter instrument from 1795 -- the violin sounds both beautiful and -- the point of it all -- dramatic.

    Strings Magazine

Podger knows how to step aside with allowing her part to seem entirely superfluous. This should be an outstanding series, and the perfectly natural SACD audio options greatly helps the musicians bring Mozart to life.

Gary Cooper is a hell of a fine keyboard player, his strong touch lets the fortepiano sing out not only with clarity but with a degree of warmth unusual for this instrument. He is a fully equal partner in these performances. ... Podger's playing has the bold, clear, brusque sound we are accustomed to from her.


En quelques annes Rachel Podger s'est impos comme une des toiles montantes du violon et l'on comprend pourquoi


So hort man Mozart gerne () Ensemble III Einen phänomenalen Mozart () (...) So voller Kontrasten, Spielfreude und Nachdenklichkeit und Witz muss Mozart selbst das auch ausgeführt haben (...)


Impressionnant, vraiment ... Il y a une profusion, tout au long de cd disque, de la tendresse, de la posie, de la verve, de la joie de vivre, de la mélancolie. Bref, du Grand Art! Une integrale qui promet.


Er ist ein gleichwertiger Partner und nicht nur ein Begleiter .... So einen Mozart haben Sie bestimmt noch nie gehrt!! So ungefähr muss Mozart selbst gespielt haben - man kan ihn förmlich sehen, wie er seinen spa hat an dieser Musik


Transparenz und Leichtigkeit. Durch die feine klangliche Abstimmung und eine sorgfltig gestaltete Dynamik ergeben sich Klanggesprache voller Spiellust. Cooper ist wie Podger ein Spezialist


Podger en Cooper spelen met alles dat ze aangereikt krijgen, de timbres van hun instrumentarium, de kleuren van de harmonie, de beweging van het drama, de sensitieve elegantie van de melodie. () () Essentieel is ook de toewijding waarmee Jared Sacks de instrumenten heeft vastgelegd, zodat ze op superaudio cd apparatuur hun diepste klankgeheimen zonder terughouding prijsgeven.

    Klassieke Zaken

Gary Cooper, de pianist, is een uitstekende gangmaker: fantasievol () Met twee partners die volkomen aan elkaar gewaagd zijn, levert deze cd een spannend uurtje luisteren op. Podgers ervaring in de barokke uitvoeringspraktijk biedt haar de beste kansen om Mozarts stijl te doorgronden.

    Haagsche Courant

de violiste reageert alert en enthousiast op het flitsende spel dat Cooper ten beste geeft. Haar vioolklank heeft de ijlheid en de pregnantie waaraan we bij historische uitvoeringen van de 18e eeuwse muziek langzamerhand gewend zijn

    Tijdschrift Oude Muziek

This should be an outstanding series, and the perfectly natural SACD audio option greatly helps, the musicians bring Mozart to life. Strings (...) de fluwelen van Podger en het subtiel uitgemeten spel van Cooper vormen de perfecte combinatie voor een sprankelende Mozart. (...)


met temperamentvol spel, gesteund door een vlekkeloze techniek. Rachel Podger, de violiste, kleurt haar partij prachtig in (...) (...) De sterkste troeven speelt het duo uit in de langzame delen en de zachtere, subtiele passages. Een adembenemend Andantino van de Sonate in Bes. Maar ook met tempo en dynamiek tot de uiterste grenzen opgevoerd worden er uitzonderlijke resultaten bereikt. Ik zie met hooggespannen verwachtingen uit naar de volgende afleveringen.

Mozart - Complete Sonatas For Keyboard And Violin, Vol. 1 (2004)


Rachel Podger, Gary Cooper

Cables: van den Hul T3 series
Digital Converters: Meitner A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer: Jonathan Attwood
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: The Church of our Lady ;South Creake, United Kingdom 2004
Recording Software: Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 64
Speakers: Audiolab, Holland

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Sonata In G Major KV 379 - Adagio
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Sonata In G Major KV 379 - Allegro
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Sonata In G Major KV 379 - Thema_ Andantino Cantabile
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Sonata In C Major KV 6 - Allegro
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Sonata In C Major KV 6 - Andante
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Sonata In C Major KV 6 - Menuet I & II
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Sonata In C Major KV 6 - Allegro Molto
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Sonata In F Major KV 547 - Andantino Cantabile
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Sonata In F Major KV 547 - Thema_ Andante
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Sonata In B Flat Major KV 378 - Allegro Moderato
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