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Mozart Among Friends


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After performing the complete set of Mozart Sonatas for pianoforte and violin together, pianist James Howsmon and violinist Marilyn McDonald longed to relive three lesser-known gems. Perhaps smaller in scope but not in creativity, the sonatas that make up Mozart Among Friends wonderfully reveal the full range of Mozart's genius. The recording opens with the tempestuous Sonata in G major, K. 379, with its turbulent minor-key Allegro movement bookended by a florid Adagio in G major and a set of variations on a cheerful theme. It is followed by the Sonata in F major, K. 377, in which Mozart revived an old tradition from his youth: incorporating a minuet as finale, signaling a release of tension as the piece progresses from its energetic opening movements to its elegant conclusion. Completing the program is the Sonata in A major, K. 526, which reveals the ''emancipation'' of the violin from the piano, a device employed by Haydn at the time and incorporated into Mozart's string quartets and his three Viennese sonatas, of which this was the third. It depicts what many believe to be Mozart at his finest, from his unerring sense of texture to his seemingly endless font of melody. As the artists' notes explain, the title is a sort of double entendre: ''Mozart Among Friends'' refers to the customd uring Mozart's time of hosting home performances for loved ones; it also honors the friendship of the two longtime collaborators, Oberlin Conservatory faculty members Howsmon and McDonald, as well as their late friend, painter Leslie Miller, whose artwork graces the cover of the recording.
Facts
Item number OC17-01
Barcode 751778166848
Release date 5/26/2017
Category Chamber Music
Label OBERLIN MUSIC
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist McDonald, Marilyn
Howsmon, James
Disc: 1
Violin Sonata No. 27 in G Major, Op. 2 No. 5, K. 300:19:00
1 Violin Sonata No. 27 in G Major, Op. 2 No. 5, K. 3 00:09:34 Howsmon, James McDonald, Marilyn
2 Violin Sonata No. 27 in G Major, Op. 2 No. 5, K. 3 00:09:29 Howsmon, James McDonald, Marilyn
Violin Sonata No. 25 in F Major, Op. 2 No. 3, K. 300:20:00
3 Violin Sonata No. 25 in F Major, Op. 2 No. 3, K. 3 00:06:32 Howsmon, James McDonald, Marilyn
4 Violin Sonata No. 25 in F Major, Op. 2 No. 3, K. 3 00:09:01 Howsmon, James McDonald, Marilyn
5 Violin Sonata No. 25 in F Major, Op. 2 No. 3, K. 3 00:05:33 Howsmon, James McDonald, Marilyn
Violin Sonata No. 35 in A Major, K. 52600:18:00
6 Violin Sonata No. 35 in A Major, K. 526: I. Molto 00:07:06 Howsmon, James McDonald, Marilyn
7 Violin Sonata No. 35 in A Major, K. 526: II. Andan 00:06:48 Howsmon, James McDonald, Marilyn
8 Violin Sonata No. 35 in A Major, K. 526: III. Pres 00:07:38 Howsmon, James McDonald, Marilyn
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