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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55232
Recording details: October 1986
Seldon Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's School, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1988
Total duration: 13 minutes 10 seconds

'This 1986 recording is still worth hearing. The 'conversational' trio sonata is an astonishing attempt to prove that music can communicate without the need for words, and there is brilliance in the gamba sonata' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The Purcell Quartet play with sensitivity and seem well attuned to the particularly individual sensibility of this composer' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

Trio Sonata in B flat major, H584 Wq158

Allegretto  [4'28]
Allegro  [4'39]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Friendly discourse is the pattern of the relationship between the two violins in the Trio Sonata in B flat, written in 1754. The upper instruments either alternate in amicable dialogue or move together in parallel thirds and sixths. The quick changes of mood which are characteristic of the keyboard sonatas are less in evidence here. The muted main theme of the slow movement makes one wonder whether Mozart knew it. The pizzicato theme derives from the bass part, which is thematically more integrated with the violin parts than in the other movements. In the last movement, the violin writing is more imitative in texture.

from notes by Clifford Bartlett © 1988

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