Mozart - Violin Sonatas Fragment Completions | Channel Classics CCSSA42721

Mozart - Violin Sonatas Fragment Completions

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Label: Channel Classics

Cat No: CCSSA42721

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 26th March 2021



Rachel Podger (violin)
Christopher Glynn (fortepiano)


Rachel Podger (violin)
Christopher Glynn (fortepiano)


Among the many instrumental pieces that remained incomplete at Mozart’s death there were four particularly beautiful fragments for violin and piano. Timothy Jones has made multiple new completions of these fragments based on Mozart’s evolving style during the 1780s, exploring the open-endedness of the fragments and the different directions the music might have taken. In this recording two completions of each Sonata fragment will enable listeners to take alternative journeys through Mozart’s material towards different speculative destinations.

World-premiere recordings of six Sonata-Allegros and a Fantasia for violin and piano.

“My completions inevitably disfigure Mozart’s music; but I have never had a problem hearing performers’ own improvised or composed cadenzas in Mozart’s concertos, and my task here was just one step further. I hope these sonata movements might be found diverting as a piece of criticism, if nothing else.” – Timothy Jones



An unexpected pendant to Podger’s eight-disc set of the sonatas ... incorporates seven completions by Timothy Jones, deputy director of the Royal Academy of Music, of fragments all dating from the last decade of Mozart’s life. Four of these substantial movements — we hear alternative versions of three — sound as close as possible to the real thing, enchantingly played by both musicians.  Hugh Canning
The Sunday Times 21 March 2021
Even if we’re not listening to masterpieces, the results are always fascinating and enjoyable. How could they be otherwise when the superb Rachel Podger is playing her baroque violin, making every rhythm bite, every phrase sing.  Geoff Brown
The Times 1 April 2021

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