• World premiere recordings of six Sonata-Allegros and a Fantasia for violin and piano.
• Fragments composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, completed by Timothy Jones.
• First collaboration of Rachel Podger with pianist Christopher Glynn on Channel Classics.
• Each Sonata Fragment comes with two different completions. The Fantasia with one completion.
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.
“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 [from liner notes]
“Rachel Podger, the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin,” (The Times) has established herself as a leading interpreter of the Baroque and Classical. She was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in October 2015, was the Gramophone Artist of the Year in 2018, Ambassador for REMA's Early Music Day 2020, and is a Patron of the Continuo Foundation. A creative programmer, she is the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque. - Violin: Pesarinius, 1739
Christopher Glynn is a Grammy awardwinning pianist and accompanist, praised for his ‘breathtaking sensitivity’ (Gramophone), ‘irrepressible energy, wit and finesse’ (The Guardian), ‘perfect fusion of voice and piano’ (BBC Music Magazine) and as ‘an inspired programmer’ (The Times). He is also Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival (nominated in 2020 for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award), where he programmes around sixty events each year in beautiful and historic venues across North Yorkshire.
- Fortepiano: based on an extant example by Viennese keyboard maker Conrad Graf, completed by Christoph Kern in Germany in 2019. The instrument is housed at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and loaned by the Calleva Collection.