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MOZART Sonatas KV 301, 304 & 454, Rondo KV 269    Maria-Elizabeth Lott (violin) Sontraud Spiedel (fortepiano) Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg/Tomasi  EMI Classics CDC 5 56872 2 56'49"

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This is a joyous debut CD by a young violinist who should have a great future. Both instruments are from the Mozarteum Foundation, the small violin which Mozart played as a child here entrusted to an 13 yr old violinist, who plays with confidence and verve, going for it and pushing forward in a way to suggest that she is in charge, and no way intimidated by the microphone or by the weight of tradition. Whilst hearing it I pondered Clifford Bartlett's editorial in Early Music Review, in which he asks whether the fashionable degrees of subtlety which we now expect in musical interpretation are romantic inventions of later eras?

Well balanced partnership by Sontraud Spiedel on a Walter fortepiano, just right for these delightful sonatas. Very full and interesting notes about the sonatas, and about the whole project and everyone concerned in it.

Warmly recommended, and one has to pray that Maria-Elizabeth will be allowed to mature slowly, away from the pressures of the music industry.


Peter Grahame Woolf


Peter Grahame Woolf

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