Mozart - Complete Sonatas For Keyboard And Violin vol. 5 (2008)


Rachel Podger, Gary Cooper

The necessity of travel If a devotee of music somewhere between 1765 and 1780, happened to be doing his best to catch a glimpse of ‘wunderkind’ Mozart at work in his hometown of Salzburg, then he it is likely that he would have knocked in vain at the door of the Archepiscopal Palace. The young composer was probably on the road again. He had been employed (but without pay!) since the age of nine as violinist in the Archbishop’s court orchestra where father Mozart also played; but Mozart spent half of his time travelling, usually accompanied by his father. Leopold Mozart was a man with a mission. He was convinced that the birth of his exceptional son was a miracle that had descended on him, and he saw it as his holy duty to introduce Wolfgang to the world. He pursued this aim with diligence. Right up to the painful moment in 1781 when Mozart moved to Vienna and set up as an independent creative artist, father Leopold remained his impresario, concert manager, and the driving force behind Mozart’s career. For years on end, Mozart travelled constantly throughout Europe, from Pressburg (Bratislava) to Paris, from Naples to London. And Leopold arranged performances for the imperial family in Vienna, the Kings of France and England, and in the palaces of the religious and secular nobility of Europe. Mozart visited France on three occasions. During the great European tour as a little boy of seven and eight, when he visited Paris with his family, he was idolized. Every nobleman’s palace right up to the King of France, opened its doors to him. But when he returned in 1778 with his mother, it was a very different story. Mozart went to France with dreams of settling in Paris as an opera composer. His old friend Gluck and the Italian composer Piccinni ruled the roost, but they stood at the heads of two warring musical factions. And friendly Baron Grimm, “to whom”, according to Leopold in 1764, “we owe everything”, was by no means as forthcoming as he had been fourteen years ago. A 22-year-old Mozart was now only one among the many talented newcomers streaming into Paris. He was no longer the amazing six-year old curiosity, full of musical tricks and spectacular surprises, who had enthralled an audience eager for something new. No; this time Mozart did not really feel welcome in Paris. To make things even worse, Wolfgang’s mother died in Paris on 3 July 1778. In a most moving letter, Mozart informed his father of her death: “Mon très cher Père...”. The family member to whom he felt closest was gone. She had been a sweet-natured woman, with an inherent joie de vivre and a sense of humour that kept everything on an even keel: fortunately she passed both characteristics on to her son.......

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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. 5 (2008)


Rachel Podger, Gary Cooper


Podger en Cooper schieten recht in de roos met hun serie sacd's met de 'complete sonates voor piano en viool', volume 1 t/m 4 werden overladen met goede recensies en ook deze 5e cd in de reeks zal dezelfde kant wel weer op gaan. Er is nl. niets veranderd en dat is het beste bericht dat er is.

    Klassieke Zaken

Rachel Podger en Gary Cooper, beide uitblinkers op hun gespecialiseerde gebied, spelen briljant, puntig en helder, en de door hen bespeelde historische instrumenten bezitten een grote directheid van klank. (…)

    De Gelderlander

Hier is dé ultime collectie vioolsonates van Mozart in wording. Het duo Podger en Cooper weet als geen ander met deze prachtige kamermuziek onder de huid te komen (…)

    International Record Review

For me, the outstanding success on this volume is the sonata in A, K 305. Usually recorded as part of the so-called Op. 1 Sonatas published in Paris in 1778, this Sonata is usually overshadowed by the stronger personalities of K301, K 304 and K 306. Heard here as the opening work in a mixed recital, and thanks to Podger's and Cooper's relaxed, fluid style and use of embellishment that grows organically from the music, it seems to soar to new heights.

    BBC Music Magazine -

As always in this estimable series repeats are observed, the playing exhibits a discernible sense of line, and Cooper's sonorous forte-piano is nicely complemented by Podger's clean but never acerbic-sounding period violin. Again the performance is vigorous and stylistically on the ball. Gramophone Rachel Podger and Gary Cooper give characteristically intelligent and insightful performances of all these pieces (…) BBC Music Magazine (sound *****, performance

    Classic FM Magazine

There was a time when this music was played with a Dresden-china air of delicate sophistication, with musical little fingers raised in the air. How bracing then to find violinist Rachel Podger and fellow Brit Gary Cooper on this fifth volume in their Mozart series throwing caution to the wind with a crockery shattering playfulness and exuberance. The formalised lines of the early B flat Sonata No.16 are gently teased and cajoled throughout the work, while the delightful and enchanting theme and variations that crowns the A major Sonata No.22 ducks and dives convention with gleeful yet exemplarary style. An outstanding disc, impeccably engineered.

    The Sunday Times

The keyboard player gets top billing on this outstanding series of Mozart's violin sonatas, and rightly so: in the earliest of the works recorded here, K31 in B flat, the violin part is optional, and even in his later works for this particular pairing of instruments, the piano is the dominant partner. (…) No other team can match Cooper and Podger for their brio, stylishness and sense of discovery in this marvellous music. Classical CD of the Week

De spitse wisselwerking tussen de beide solisten verhoogt het muzikale genot nog eens aanzienlijk. De opname laat niets te wensen over. Kortom, een bijzonder geslaagde uitgave, duidelijk op weg naar de afronding van een van de twee beste historiserende uitvoeringen van alle vioolsonates van Mozart.

    De Standaard

Toen Mozart in de 18 eeuw zijn vioolsonates schreef, was de taakverdeling als volgt: de piano deed het werk, de viool trippelde voor de gezelligheid mee. Overdreven? Luister naar het 2e deel van de sonate KV 308: fortepianist Gary Cooper zingt het verwachtingsvolle thema en de viool van Rachel Podger neuriet mee. Wie opfleurt van een vitale Mozart is bij Cooper en Podger aan het juiste adres. Volkskrant De musiceervreugde spat van dit duo af: beiden beleven hoorbaar plezier aan Mozarts muziek. Podger en Cooper benaderen elke sonate als een uniek werk met een uitgesproken karakter en passen hun interpretatie op gepaste wijze aan. Zo krijgen de twee voor Parijs geschreven sonates een concertante vertolking mee met een royale toon en straffe, welkome versieringen. In een sonate die Mozart voor zijn kersverse echtgenote componeerde, slaat de stemming om en zijn we getuige van een uiterst intiem muzikaal moment ten huize van de Mozarts. Podger en Cooper dringen hier diep door tot de soms raadselachtige kern van Mozarts muziek. Deze reeks is aan het uitgroeien tot een van de boeiendste Mozart-integrales op cd van de jongste tien jaar. Ze biedt ons een prachtige kans om weinig bekende, maar kwalitatief zeer sterke muziek te leren kennen.

Mozart - Complete Sonatas For Keyboard And Violin vol. 5 (2008)


Rachel Podger, Gary Cooper

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