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Complete Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin [Box set]

Kuijken , S/Devos , L , MOZART , W.A , et al. Audio CD
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  • Conductor: -
  • Composer: MOZART, W.A
  • Audio CD (6 Jan 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: ACCENT
  • ASIN: B000F7BOEY
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,235 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Rather too "academic" for long-term listening 19 Dec 2011
Whilst I tend to prefer listening to many kinds of music played on roughly contemporaneous instruments, I have to admit that certain "authentic" recordings are mired in the fusty world of musicological academia, losing sight of the music in the pursuit of "historically informed performance". Here, I'm afraid, are some Mozart recordings that I have found to be a real disappointment.

This card clam-shell box contains 5 CDs (although the fifth only contains K377 and runs for 19'39") recorded in 1991, 1992, 1995, and 2005. Sigiswald Kuijken plays a violin from around 1700 and Luc Devos a fortepiano built in 1978 after a 1788 Stein instrument. Throughout, the sound quality is very fine, and there are very detailed notes in the booklet.

My problem with this set is that it sounds to me that most of the time, the musicians were not, exactly, having fun when they recorded these pieces. Particular fault seems to lie with Mr Devos, who sounds very dry and unenthusiastic, combining with the violin to produce an icy-cold, rigid, set of performances. I think that these Mozart Sonatas should be fun to listen to, as, surely, they were written to entertain and amuse! We don't have that here, just a freezing series of academic, boring, recordings.

A dour set of Mozart Violin Sonatas - you will have more fun with the Analekta set Violin Sonatas Vol.1 of some of these pieces or, even better, the Zig-Zag set Mozart - Violon/Piano!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Listen before buying 31 Dec 2013
This relates to volume II (the Italian reviewer has informed us that vols 4-5 are very much better)

The present CD - buy it if you know what you're doing, because if you expect Mozart's violin sonatas to sound pretty, this sure is not the product for you. Kuijken and Devos seem utterly determined to cure listeners of any such notions. It may perhaps be historically correct (although the definition of historically correct has certainly changed dramatically during five decades of "authentic" performances), but this must surely be one of the least attractive of all HIP (Historically informed performance) albums, the musicians sounding like people who are doing really hard and unpleasant work, with seriously inferior tools. PS, I love eg M. Hugget's Mozart concertos, Pinnock's Brandenburgs etc etc. and I feel strongly that the HIP movement has brought incredible new values and fresh perspectives to the world of classical music. (two stars because I respect Kuijken and I am sure that he seriously believes (or believed at the time) in what he achieves here)
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