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Andrew Manze and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Renowned British violinist Andrew Manze is featured in two recordings of music by W.A. Mozart (Harmonia Mundi).

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Andrew Manze, noted interpreter of the early violin repertoire.

Out of the many Harmonia Mundi label recordings that British violinist Andrew Manze has devoted to the 17th- and 18th-century violin repertoire, only two are centered on the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Released in 2005, the first focuses on a set of sonatas composed in 1781 not long after Mozart moved to Vienna. Manze is joined by fortepianist Richard Egarr in a terrific and energetic performance.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Sonata in E-flat, K 380, 1. Allegro
Andrew Manze, violin, and Richard Egarr, fortepiano — Violin Sonatas, 1781 (Harmonia Mundi , 2005)
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For Andrew Manze’s second CD of Mozart’s music, recorded a year later, he chose three well-known concertos. Yet the performances by Manze and the English Concert are anything but typical. As is Manze’s usual approach, he brings out the humor inherent in the music, as well as improvising his own cadenzas. The recording has a lot of character and distinction.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Violin Concerto #3 in G, K 216, 1. Allegro
Andrew Manze, violin, and the English Concert — 3 Violin Concertos (Harmonia Mundi , 2006)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Sonata in E-flat, K 380, 1. Allegro
Andrew Manze, violin, and Richard Egarr, fortepiano — Violin Sonatas, 1781 (Harmonia Mundi , 2005)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Sonata in F, K 376, 1. Allegro
Andrew Manze, violin, and Richard Egarr, fortepiano — Violin Sonatas, 1781 (Harmonia Mundi , 2005)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Violin Concerto #3 in G, K 216, 1. Allegro
Andrew Manze, violin, and the English Concert — 3 Violin Concertos (Harmonia Mundi , 2006)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Violin Concerto #5 in A, K 219, "Turkish," 3. Rondeau. Tempo Di Menuetto
Andrew Manze, violin, and the English Concert — 3 Violin Concertos (Harmonia Mundi , 2006)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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