Part of the Exploring Mozart Weekend
Friday 1 - Sunday 3 March
Sonata for Violin and Piano in C K303
Sonata for Bassoon and Cello in B flat K292
Piano Trio in G K496
Mozart’s Sonata for Bassoon and Cello is something of a mystery. Thought to be written for the same person who commissioned his bassoon concerto, nobleman and amateur bassoonist, Baron Thaddäus von Dürnitz, its autograph manuscript is lost. It is a charming piece which shows off the bassoon to great effect.
The Piano Trio in G opens with a sparkling piano solo, before the violin takes the melody, showing the greater prominence it was starting to receive in Mozart’s chamber music. The cello is also given some independence, starting to break free from the bass line. Music scholar John N Bruk said of the piece, “[This music leaves] the listener with the feeling that this style, intimate, subject to the fleck of fancy, is the ideal way for chamber music.”
This concert will be recorded and broadcast as a BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert on a future date.
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