The King's Consort - Mozart Epistle Sonatas

Thursday 1st April 1993
The King's Consort - Mozart Epistle Sonatas

STYLE: Classical
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 14985-
LABEL: Hyperion 66377
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1

Reviewed by Dave Massey

Many of these short pieces were written by Mozart to fill the gaps between the readings of the gospel and the Epistles at Salzburg cathedral while he was resident there. He began his appointment at the age of 16 and though it is possible to trace a development in these pieces they all reflect the large degree of musical maturity he had reached even at such an early age. The Kings Consort give a spirited performance of these joyful works which would have been as much at home at one of Mozart's soirées as in the church. Particularly delightful are the flowery organ solos of the later pieces (especially K336) played here by Robert King and Ian Watson, reflecting Mozart's growing realisation that church music was different, and his love of the instrument.

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