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