Mozart - Complete Sonatas For Keyboard And Violin Vol. 3 (2006)


Rachel Podger, Gary Cooper

Anyone thinking of Mozart as a performer probably imagines him at a harpsichord or fortepiano. And that is an accurate picture. Mozart was a gifted keyboard player, but not a showman of the keyboard. He detested empty virtuosity. Wolfgang, however, had been trained from his earliest years by his father Leopold as a double talent. He played both harpsichord and violin. The popularity of his sonatas, variation sets, and concerti for the piano has tended to overshadow his violin compositions, but the first sounds that his baby ears received probably came from his father's violin. Wolfgang heard him tuning the instrument, saw him putting on new strings now and then, playing, rehearsing. And of course he heard Leopold praising his violin and commenting on the music. Until Wolfgang moved to Vienna in 1781, the sound of the violin had accompanied him virtually every day of his life, for Leopold had been with him almost constantly........ 

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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. 3 (2006)


Rachel Podger, Gary Cooper

    Melbourne Age Newspaper

The highlight of the disc is unexpected: a model Bachian fugue with a chromatic subject in A402.(…) these performances are full of passion and drama

    The Times

Forget recent competition in these violin and keyboard sonatas: the honours go to Rachel Podger and Gary Cooper’s series on period instruments. Gut strings and the fortepiano’s dry attack encourage playing with character and snap; but the ultimate delight is the absorption and flair of Podger and Cooper. The music ranges from a kid’s trinkets to the big sweep of K454. The most enjoyable Mozart disc so far this year.

    Early Musica

The playing is superlative, as is the give and take between the duo. There is such a difference in the performance sparkle of Mozart when the players come from an understanding of the musical style that preceded him. The recording quality is excellent and the choice of the 1739 Pesarinius fiddle with a copy of a Viennese fortepiano works well, even if it is a Walter and not Mozart’s favourite Stein.

    International Record Review

As before, the performances are of an exemplary standard: the nuance of tone and colour that Podger draws from her Pisarinius violin is captivating, and all the times Cooper's phrasing is careful and subtle. (...) (…) The playing is of the highest order and makes this disc a worthy continuation of this cycle of Mozart's' sonatas.

    Klassieke Zaken

hier nun geht die Sonne auf!! Mit fundierter Kenntnis, doch ‚ideologiefrei' leuchtet Podger die Melodiebogen aus, begreift ihre Violinstumme als Gesang. Das Duo bereist Mozarts Ideenkosmos mit faszinierender Spielfreude (...) Sächsische Zeitung Met Podger en Cooper volg je de ontwikkelingen van de componist op de voet: van een allervroegste proeve van een 7 jarig jongetje (KV 8) tot de volwassen werken uit zijn Weense periode (...) (...) De musici verwoorden de taal van de componist op een aanstekelijke manier. Beide musici gebruiken de ervaring die ze hebben in het ‘oude muziek’ circuit. Voeg hierbij hun enthousiasme en je krijgt een cd die geen moment verveelt.


Expressief spel, heldere articulatie, natuurlijke fraseringen en een ideaal 'geven en nemen' partnerschap tussen pianist en violiste. (…) (...) De musici zetten een maatstaf voor uitvoeringen op authentiek geschoolde leest.

Detailreich und elegant. (...) Besonders in der großartigen Es-Dur) Sonate KV 380 kosten die beiden Musiker ihr Wechselspiel bis in die kleinsten Nuancen aus und stellen so gerade des ausgedehnten langsamen Mittelsatz in einem Seiten zu hörenden, stimmungsvollen Farbenreichtum dar. (...)


Wederom een uitermate inspirerende techniek voor ieder die deze muziek liefheeft. Pianowereld In mooie, vloeiende bewegingen bloeien de melodieën op, waarbij de klank van het oude instrumentarium uitsluitend wordt aangewend om de tinten te verfijnen, terwijl de wederwaardigheden van de authentieke uitvoeringspraktijk doelgericht, maar nergens dogmatisch worden toegepast. Eenvoud, welsprekendheid en ‘Spielfreude’ zijn hier de sleutelwoorden. En zo onschuldig komen niet alleen de beroemde sonates KV 454 & KV 380 binnen, maar begint zelfs een quasi-speels niemendalletje als de blijmoedige sonate KV 28 uitermate aanstekelijk te werken. Mozart in het middelpunt dus, puur en zonder opsmuk. Met een transparante, rijke opnametechniek wederom een uitermate inspirerende aankoop voor ieder die deze muziek liefheeft.

Mozart - Complete Sonatas For Keyboard And Violin Vol. 3 (2006)


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: London England 2006
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