Sonata for solo violin in G minor BWV 1001
Sonata for Solo Violin in E minor Op. 27 No. 4
Violin Sonata in F major K. 376
Violin Sonata in D minor Op. 9
The “little Miss is a monster – but she plays delightfully!”, wrote Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the summer of 1781 in Vienna to his father Leopold. Mozart was referring to Josepha von Auernhammer, a piano student of his from a wealthy family. He had just dedicated a collection of six sonatas to her, published as his op. II with the title Six Sonates Pour le Clavecin, ou Pianoforte avec l’accompagnement d’un Violon.
Yet while Mozart’s Salzburg period Sonatas were really still “piano sonatas with violin accompaniment”, the works written in Vienna for piano and violin are already true duo compositions. Mozart, who from childhood was an excellent pianist and violinist, employs his experience of technique for both instruments in his writing, equally distributing the thematic material between piano and violin.
Daniel Stabrawa, 1st concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker and his fellow countryman, the young Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz, winner of the 2005 International Chopin Competition, have chosen a work from this collection for their duo concert in the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie: the three movement Sonata in F major K. 376. In addition to solo works for violin or piano, they will also perform the Sonata in D minor op. 9 for Violin and Piano, a work which still owes much to the soundscape of the Romantic period, by their compatriot Karol Szymanowski.