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Mozart Duos-recording?

May 10, 2007 at 6:33 PM

Does anyone know where to find a downloadable recording of Mozart's duos for violin and viola (specifically k.v. 423 and k.v. 424)? I did a google search and didn't come up with much. My favourite listening site, NaxosLibrary, didn't have a recording of it. I've got a friend coming over to play them with me next week.

In the playing spectrum....I think I figured out what I need to do to stay happily involved (but not overloaded or starving) in the music scene. I haven't been able to form the quartet that I wanted to, due to schedules and the fact that there is no income with the hard work put in to a good solid quartet. I was listening to some of the chamber music concerts I was in during college and was impressed by both the memories of growth, learning, and well as the level of quality. My favourite was the Milhaud trio for violin, clarinet, and piano.

I decided that my quest for chamber music need not be limited to string quartets. That decided, there is a resource of talent and coaches five minutes away at the college. I can sign up for chamber music as a non-degree seeking student and just take that one class (there is a program). There are some very high level pianists and wind players that come through that school. String players, too, but they are usually stretched thin. I think that it would be a great thread to keep me tied to musical enrichment but not take all energies. Not totally frustrating. I hope it works out. I signed up this afternoon.


From Karin Lin
Posted on May 10, 2007 at 8:21 PM
You can find a MIDI file at , which is probably not exactly what you're looking for but will at least show you how the parts fit together. You have to register but it's free and doesn't create spam. Plus it gives you access to a bunch of real recordings of other pieces.
From Anne Horvath
Posted on May 10, 2007 at 10:59 PM
I have Perlman/Zuckerman playing the Mozarts K 423 and 424. I have it on the Musical Heritage label. It is, of course, just really great playing.
From jennifer steinfeldt warren
Posted on May 11, 2007 at 1:46 AM
Thanks! I think I'd cringe if I listened to a midi of this piece, but if I can get real recordings of other pieces, it might be worth it.

Ther perlman/zukerman recording is what I was looking for. Now I have info! Thanks!


From Pauline Lerner
Posted on May 11, 2007 at 2:30 AM
Your idea of using the chamber music class at the college to find musicians to play chamber music with is a great idea. Good luck!
From Anne Horvath
Posted on May 11, 2007 at 12:36 PM

"Mentally Retarded" is not the best term. How about "Criminal" or "Not The Brightest Bulb in the Chandelier".

Also, unless you are referring to Jesus Contreras Espada, many people would consider your use of "Jesus" a little tacky.

Mischa, you always provide such good links, and say interesting and valuable things. Please consider this a finger wagging. From, Anne

From Scott 68
Posted on May 11, 2007 at 1:22 PM
From Stephen Pittman
Posted on May 11, 2007 at 1:45 PM
I recently purchased a second-hand recording by Igor and Valeri Oistrakh from an Amazon partner for about $8. I've enjoyed it very much.


From Mischa S.
Posted on May 11, 2007 at 2:46 PM

Hi Anne,

you're right - writing mentally retarded was uncalled for, but I wrote it very fast: the guy, who hosted that all-Mozart-recordings-servers must have (let's call it) a cheerful disposition. I would never say that in my language, and I didn't mean it - cross my heart! I'll remember your finger wagging and think next time twice about my phrasings. :/

From Tom Holzman
Posted on May 11, 2007 at 4:08 PM
I don't happen to care all that much for the Perlman/Zukerman recording. I have a Musical Heritage recording of both with Oscar and Eric Shumsky which is superb and a recording of Szymon Goldberg doing K.423 with someone whose name escapes me and K.424 with Paul Hindemith which is also very good. I also have an LP with David and Igor Oistrakh doing K.423. All of these are better than Perlman/Zukerman IMHO but hard to find except the Shumsky recording (which is great because it is 3 CDs and has a large number of duos by various composers).
From Karin Lin
Posted on May 11, 2007 at 4:12 PM
For some reason, I thought "downloadable" meant "free", and the site I mentioned is the only one I know of to listen to classical recordings free. But there is indeed probably lots of stuff out there you can buy in digital format.
From Mischa S.
Posted on May 11, 2007 at 4:21 PM
ok - it's getting confusing. I received 3 mails over the mail-address, I posted recently. Instead of answering them, I'll do it here:

Anatomy of a misconception:
I posted a link with a recording of both duos, Jennifer was searching for. After 30 Minutes (I'm naive) I realized how illegal this site is, (the owner provided recordings of almost all Mozart works - FINE recordings), but my fingers were faster than my brain, so I wrote Laurie a mail to delete these links and wrote another reply in Jennifers Blog, writing something like "Jesus - this guy must be etc. etc.".

That's the story: I never insulted anybody. Neither Jesus nor Jennifer nor violists nor whomever. Back to business, please... :)

From Jim W. Miller
Posted on May 12, 2007 at 3:53 AM
The lengths some people will go to to claim some moral high ground is unbelieveable.
From Jim W. Miller
Posted on May 12, 2007 at 3:58 AM
Haaaaa. Wrong blog:)

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