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CHAN 0755 - Mozart: Duo Sonatas, Volume 1
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Available From: 01 October 2008
Violinist Catherine Mackintosh is best known as the former leader of Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment and part of the Purcell Quartet. She is joined by fortepianist Geoffrey Govier. Geoffrey plays a fortepiano after Anton Walter made by Christopher Clare in Cluny while Catherine plays a violin dating from 1703 by Giovanni Grancino. These instruments bring a lightness and freshness of articulation to these delightful works, entirely in keeping with the spirit of enlightenment in which the sonatas were written. It is their aim is to record the complete cycle of mature sonatas.

"Duo Amade embarks on its Mozart project with sytlish, technically proficient and immensely enjoyable accounts of three sonatas and two variation sets... Both variation sets (K359 and K360) are deftly characterises and the recorded sound is more faithful than many period instrument recordings."

Robin Stowell


Early Music Today - August/September 2009

For Catherine Mackintosh and Geoffrey Govier the ‘rules’ of historically informed performance have become second nature; we get the impression they’re playing for sheer enjoyment of the music. All the distinctive moments are appreciated and given due emphasis but in a spontaneous way, the interpretative points never going beyond what musicians with good rapport might do on the spur of the moment. Yet it’s obvious that Govier and Mackintosh are careful, as well as spirited, interpreters. The recorded sound and balance are excellent, and they artfully control their dynamics so that principal and subsidiary lines are clearly distinguished.

"Classical sensitivity and enchantment illuminate these infectiously buoyant performances, expertly played on authentic instruments."

Early Music Review


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