Mozart - Complete Sonatas For Keyboard And Violin vol 6 (2008)


Rachel Podger, Gary Cooper

For some twenty-five years, between the ages of eight and thirty-two, Mozart's oeuvre included sonatas for violin and piano. The earliest works, small-scale rococo trifles in which the violin played a subsidiary part and the keyboard (virtually certain to be a harpsichord at that date) was the star performer, date from the time of his first major tour through Europe. Leopold Mozart had four of these early sonatas published in Paris in 1764, two as opus 1 and two as opus 2. In the following year, he had another series of six sonatas published in London as opus 3. Yet another series of six sonatas, opus 4, written in the Hague by Wolfgang (and possibly by Leopold?) in 1766, appeared that same year, both there and in Amsterdam. Then Mozart's production of violin and piano sonatas was interrupted by a twelve-year silence. Not until his stay in Mannheim in 1777 and 1778 would he complete four new sonatas, in which the violin's role had grown considerably, offering a genuine partnership to the piano. In the summer of 1778, Mozart added two more new sonatas to the series of six Paris sonatas, and published the set there as Opus 1, as if he intended his mature oeuvre to begin at this point. Then, after another interval of three years, came the six sonatas published in 1781 as Opus 2 by Artaria in Vienna, Mozart's new and ultimate place of residence. One of the pieces had been composed in Mannheim, and another presumably dated back to Salzburg. Mozart composed the other four sonatas in the summer of 1781 in Vienna. Four more violin sonatas, his last works in the genre, were composed, also in Vienna, between 1784 and 1788......

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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 6 (2008)


Rachel Podger, Gary Cooper


The sound is absolutely ideal, when played back at a suitable level, Cooper and Podger sound as though they are present in one's listening room, giving a private recital - delightful. This is the type of playing and recording that could well win over even the fiercest critic of the HIP movement so delightful is the experience. In short, this disc is tremendously addictive and a powerful sales tool for the extant volumes - the others have certainly been revisited since this graced my player. It is especially recommended if one needs a smile after a hard day. Enthusiastically recommended.

    Financieel Dagblad

Podger is een pure violiste zonder aanstellerij met een mooie, volle toon. Cooper is uit hetzelfde hout gesneden.


Cooper en Podger treffen telkens weer de juiste snaar. Jared Sacks ving het dartele duo met een behendige zwaai van zijn vlindernet - tussen vijf ruimtelijk gebalanceerde kanalen. Ik zie met een weemoedige zucht van voorvoeld verlies uit naar het laatste album in deze reeks.

Podger en Cooper verklanken deze sonates voortreffelijk, zoals we inmiddels van hen gewend zijn, met enthousiasme en grote uitdrukkingskracht. Op de musici zijn de woorden die Marius Flothuis in 1940 ooit wijde aan eerdere musici die dit uitvoerden ook van toepassing: “Deze opname's behoren tot het schoonste dat er op het gebied van de kamermuziek van Mozart te horen is. Instrumentale kwaliteiten van den eerste rang staan hier geheel in dienst van den waren kamermuziekgeest“. Channel heeft deze ware kamermuziekgeest voortreffelijk opgenomen.

    BN/De Stem

De Britse Podger is dé beroemdste barokvioliste. Ze is een uiterst muzikale virtuose op de viool met darmsnaren. Samen met Gary Cooper op fortepiano is ze bezig aan een adembenemende serie met sonates van Mozart. De zesde editie heeft niets aan frisheid en enthousiasme verloren. Deze cd, ook in superaudio afspeelbaar, zal stellig weer prijzen winnen. Het is, daar is geen twijfel over, dé referentieopname. Er is een nieuwe norm gesteld. En dat is de hoogste lof die men kan toekennen. Channel heeft voor de nodige directheid gezorgd. Mozart droeg de sonates KV 376, en KV 3774e destijds op aan een leerlinge, Josepha Aurnhammer, die hij een lelijk mormel noemde, maar die volgens hem goed speelde. Al hakte ze wel het cantabile in stukjes. Dat gebeurt op deze plaat écht niet.

    Opus d'Or

Le programme de ce sixième volume représente, comme pour les volumes précédents, un parfait exemple de ce que le compositeur autrichien pouvait faire dans le genre. Car, tel que le souligne Clemens Romijn: 'Mozart s'intéressa au genre de la sonate pour violon et piano pendant environ vingt-cinq ans, entre ses huit et ses trente-deux ans. Les pièces les plus anciennes datent de l'époque de sa première grande tournée en Europe. Il s'agissait en réalité de toutes petites pièces de style rococo pour instrument à clavier (à cette époque très certainement un clavecin) avec accompagnement de violon. (…) (…) Dans ces dernières, la partie de violon prit véritablement de l'importance et le piano devint un réel partenaire'. De nouveau, à l'écoute du violon de Rachel Podger et du piano-forte de Gary Cooper la beauté surgit comme une évidence, au cœur d'un duo toujours aussi impliqué dans une musique des plus exigeantes. Entre eux, l'équilibre est parfait et l'émotion n'a plus qu'à s'épanouir en offrant à l'instant présent le bonheur le plus total. Du pur DSD pour des timbres uniques. De la musique pure pour un Mozart unique.

Auch diesmal vermag das hervorragend aufeinander abgestimmte Duo wieder mit vielen unscheinbaren Details zu überraschen, und wiederum hat man wieder auf die inzwischen bewährte Mischung aus Jugendwerken und Kompositionen der Reifezeit zurückgegriffen.


Hier wird ebenfalls feinsinnig musiziert, und man spurt, wie sehr sich diese beiden Musiker nun aufeinander eingestimmt haben. Das Resultat kann sich jedenfalls hören lassen. (…)

    Audiophile Audition

Once again the musicians give us thrillingly good performances of a mixture of early and mature sonatas. (….) The sound quality is breathtakingly good, especially with the multichannel SACD player, you really get the impression that Rachel and Gary are in the room with you! Very highly recommended - it doesn't get much better than this.


The playing is technically excellent, singly and together (…) undoubtedly authentic.

    Audiophile Audition -

Gary Cooper and Rachel Podger give us thrillingly good performances (…) it doesn't get much better than this. 5*

Mozart - Complete Sonatas For Keyboard And Violin vol 6 (2008)


Rachel Podger, Gary Cooper

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Digital Converters: Grimm 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 Software: Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: Audiolab, Holland

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