This week’s free download is the first movement, Allegro, from Mozart’s Violin Sonata in F, K376, performed by violinist Isabelle Faust with pianist Alexander Melnikov and recorded on the Harmonia Mundi label.
Faust plays here with her 1704 ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Stradivarius violin, which has been restrung with gut strings, and she also uses a lighter bow. Melnikov plays a modern copy of a 1795 Walter fortepiano. The recording was awarded four stars for both performance and recording in the May issue of BBC Music Magazine.
‘They decorate exuberantly and make subtle melodic and textural enhancements along the way – as Mozart and his contemporaries would have done’, writes our reviewer, Julian Haylock. ‘This creates an invigorating sense of each score being a living organism. There is no doubting the prodigious skill and musical insights on offer here.’
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