Am Stein vis-a-vis: Keyboard duets by Mozart | Harmonia Mundi - HM Gold HMG501941

Am Stein vis-a-vis: Keyboard duets by Mozart

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Label: Harmonia Mundi - HM Gold

Cat No: HMG501941

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 7th July 2017

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Nearly 80 years after the invention of the fortepiano, the harpsichord was by no means relegated to antique status. On the contrary, the two instruments cohabited throughout the 18th century, to the point where several makers strove to combine them in a single entity! The most incredible of these ‘mutants’ is probably the extravagant Vis-ŕ-vis built by Johann Andreas Stein in 1777: at one end there is a three-manual harpsichord, at the other a fortepiano with ‘moderator’ stop. Only two specimens of this instrument still exist today. With its extraordinarily wide range of timbres and dynamics, it enables Andreas Staier and Christine Schornsheim to renew our conception of Mozart’s works for piano duet.

“One half expects Andreas Staier and Christine Schornsheim to burst out laughing at the end of their flamboyant performances of Mozart’s B flat and D major sonatas. For all the whirling giddiness of these, and the crazy-mirror curves of the chromatic Preludes, the most impressive aspect of this recording is its ability to move the listener with subtle shifts of dynamics and tone. Superb.” - The Independent on Sunday

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