The Duos for Violin and Viola by Mozart & Michael Haydn

Outstanding performances by Maya Magub and Judith Busbridge of Michael Haydn’s (brother of Joseph) four duos for violin and viola, with the two composed as a favour by his friend, W A Mozart, when Michael Haydn had become too ill to complete the original commission for the six duos.

Disc 1: Johann Michael Haydn
Duo in C, P.127

1. I. Allegro
2. II. Adagio
3. III. Rondo con spirito

Duo in D, P. 128
4. I. Allegro
5. II. Adagio
6. III. Allegro non troppo

Duo in E, P. 129
7. I. Allegretto
8. II. Adagio
9. III. Rondo allegro

Duo in F, P. 130
10. I. Allegro moderato
11. II. Adagio
12. III. Allegro – ma non troppo con variazione

Disc 2: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Duo in G, K423

1. I. Allegro
2. II. Adagio
3. III. Rondeau – Allegro

Duo in B flat, K424
4. I. Adagio – Allegro
5. II. Andante cantabile
6. III. Andante grazioso – Allegretto – Allegro

ArtistMaya Magub - violin, Judith Busbridge - viola
Reviews"Magub is the dominant melodic voice in Michael Haydn’s duos, but Busbridge occasionally has her moments in the spotlight, taking a turn with the rondo theme of P127 and the fourth variation of the finale of P130. Both play with substantial accuracy and sonorous tone and they indulge in some pleasing rubato, adding further interest in particular to Michael Haydn’s melodically complex, if tonally unadventurous slow movements. Their accounts of Mozart’s works combine energy, insight, warmth and affection; they are characterised by a lively reciprocity, most notably in the Allegro of K423 and the finale of K424, with Busbridge especially contributing some sonorous, cultured playing full of idiomatic nuance. ......... CRD’s recorded sound, presentation and production are exemplary." The Strad "They are a well-matched team, whose respective sonorities and temperaments blend pleasingly, resulting in performances that sound for the most part freshly minted and invigorating...Magub and Busbridge are adroit and direct in the lively outer movements and find contrasting expressive depth in the slow central sections....There's plenty of spirited and compelling music-making to savour". International Record Review
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