Official release February 2nd, 2018
Sonata in G major, op. I, KV 301 (293a)
Sonata in E flat major, op. I, KV 302 (293b)
Sonata in C major, op. I, KV 303 (293c)
Sonata in e minor, op. I, KV 304 (300c)
Sonata in A major, op. I, KV 305 (293d)
Sonata in D major, op. I, KV 306 (300l)
Sonata in C major, op. II, KV 296
Sonata in F major, op. II, KV 376 (374d)
Sonata in F major, op. II, KV 377 (374e)
Sonata in B flat major, op. II, KV 378 (317d)
Sonata in G major, op. II, KV 379 (373a)
Sonata in E flat major, op. II, KV 380 (374f)
Later Viennese Sonatas
Sonata in B flat major, KV 454
Sonata in E flat major, KV 481
Sonata in A major, KV 526
Sonata in F major, KV 547
“this is one of the great Piazzolla discs, and in perfect sound quality, I urge you to buy it.”
“intelligent and sensitive...glories in...colorations and shared emphasis”
“a first-rate set of these of Mozart sonatas”
“an excellent violinist”
“Cotik makes Kreisler seem almost smarmy, Isabelle Faust almost mannered, and Julia Fischer as though she's filed down the detail”
“bemerkenswert, kunstvolle und expressive Interpretationen...auf hohem Niveau und den jeweiligen Stilen perfekt angepasst”
“true treasure...one of the latest gems to emerge from the season”
“excellent style, which is not frequently found”
“clarity and tonal opulence rare in recordings of violin music”
“a musician who prepares thoroughly and has great respect for the music he performs”
“violinist Tomas Cotik is always up for a new challenge”
“Cotik Kicks Butt in Piazzolla! A wild and wonderful CD.”
“The BBC Music team’s current favourites”
“this is clearly a team to watch. I am sure we will be hearing good things from them in the future”
“ There are so many delightful details to savour that one hardly knows where to begin...a most rewarding Mozart cycle”
“wonderful album…impressive for the elegance and sensitivity of the interpretations”
“Supersonic Award winner. Tomas Cotik’s Piazzolla is carnal, passionate and nowhere easy-going. Together with his group he has produced a riveting CD.”
“Hace muy poco descubrí esta maravilla...dos extraordinarios instrumentalistas que uniendo su talento logran...algo genial.”
“Un disco ideal”
“should leave listeners almost breathless…a vibrancy and attention to detail...strong individuality and… vitality”
“None of these pieces has ever sounded quite like this before.”
“unusual depth and broad compass...absolutely brilliant... unmistakable vitality...optimally recorded”
““Legacy” es, sin dudas, un álbum para emocionarse y escuchar continuamente. Excelencia pura. Imprescindible!”
“outstanding from the very beginning”
“among the very best Piazzolla albums”
“Some of the music is sultry while other works are fast, rhythmic, and ornamented to show the exquisite virtuosity of Cotik”
“an exemplary presentation of some marvelous music”
“this superbly produced Schubert disc…comes warmly commended”
“The Piazzolla album is not just Cotik as brilliant interpreter, but also as creative mind.”
“Overall, these two discs featuring Cotik must be regarded as among the finest performances for their consistent artistry and idiomatic grasp”
“recreating the visceral charge of Piazzolla’s legendary quintet concerts and recordings”
“Anche nell’interpretazione delle sonate di Mozart si evidenziano l’ottima cavata e la perfetta tecnica di Cotik negli staccati particolarmente brillanti.”
“I was immediately impressed by their virtuosity and also their understanding of Piazzolla’s music. I was anxious to see them perform in person”
“brilliant Argentinean violinist”
“Cotik transcends even the profoundly meditative”
“None of these pieces has ever sounded quite like this before....Cotik handles it beautifully, with tremendous clarity of line and evenness of tone”
“una nueva forma de mirar, entender y percibir la música de diferentes épocas”
“Un disco revelador de la maestría de los jóvenes intérpretes que lo firman: Tomas Cotik y Tao Lin.”
“If you love the solo violin, you won't find a better recording to suit your tastes”
“their lofty musicianship dwarfs their profound scholarship”
“un disco la cui qualità riesce a proporre la freschezza affascinante della cultura musicale germanica come nuova, come se non si fossero mai ascoltate prima”
“I find the Cotik and Lin performances most interesting and the sound on their disc is excellent”
“One imagines the Nuevo tango master would be as captivated as any listener by such exquisite performances.”
“The joyful virtuosity and stylish musicianship that Tomas Cotik and Tao Lin brought to their superb cycle of Schubert’s violin-and-piano works for the Centaur label happily permeate their cycle of Mozart’s sonatas”
“conviction, commitment, diplomacy and character”
“exceptional...Piazzolla can be played differently than this, but provably not better.”
“A neglected stash of unrecorded Schubert”
“un violinista excelente... que recoge una forma rigurosa, natural y fuera de lo común de entender e interpretar la música”
“a treat from start to finish”
“I highly commend Mr. Cotik for his innovative interpretations and I hope many future audiences will experience his musical excellence”
“short this is a great recording if you value warmth and sweetness in Mendelssohn. Here, though, nothing is forced, and, as I say, the world seems a better place.”
“The technical qualities of the recording - which is on the NAXOS label, by the way - are excellent.”
“My first chamber choice for the year. ”
“Cotik and the orchestra provided impressive advocacy for a multifaceted work that deserves to be heard more often. Cotik seamlessly handled the frequent changes in mood and adroitly traversed the work’s myriad technical challenges while always keeping the focus on the music.”
“excellent violin playing...extremely enjoyable interpretations of music that I love”
“un trabajo de mucha calidad, por la originalidad de los arreglos y especialmente porque se trata de un excelente instrumentista”
“NOMINATED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS 2018”
“Cotik phrases this music with such feeling, making you wonder if it could possibly sound better in any other performance.”
“absolutely impeccable, with intonation in the centre of every note, and his left hand flying around the fingerboard with remarkable agility”
“This is an excellent recital. I enjoy the Piazzolla Tango Etudes more as played by Cotik than by anyone else. ”
“there is no question that this disc is, by some distance, Naxos's best Piazzolla recording ”
“conviction, commitment, diplomacy, and character”
“laudable level of technical accuracy…tenderness and warmth”
“Everyone who plays these works should hear these exemplary performances...you will never hear these Telemann Fantasias played so well ”
“I marvel at the technical skill which effortlessly encompasses these deeply contrasting styles....a technical as well as expressive master stroke”
“Las versiones son óptimas por la compenetración estilística del dúo y la prestancia instrumental del admirable violinista”
“Evocative concert of Jewish classical music”
“Cotik vanta un violinismo costantemente brillante e un colore di suono caldo e avvolgente”
“I’ve had a listen to a few alternatives…including Isaac Stern with Daniel Baremboim and Lydia Mordkovitch, but this duo pretty much ticks all the boxes”
“Cotik and Tao Lin have…honored not only their professions as musicians, but the memory and work of Franz Schubert”
Violinist Tomas Cotik and pianist Tao Lin continue their series of recordings for Centaur with this new release. Here they perform the complete sonatas for violin and piano by Mozart. Hailed by Michael Tilson Thomas as “an excellent violinist,” Tomas Cotik is internationally recognized as a soloist, chamber musician, and professor.
This set – Cotik’s 14th issue – ...presents the 16 sonatas written in the period 1778-88...the sound quality and balance are excellent, with the violin never too far forward but never overshadowed by the piano either. Both performers play with a resonant, clear and warm tone, and dynamics, phrasing and tempi are all perfectly judged....Cotik readily admits to having always loved Mozart’s music, and calls his recordings of these sonatas a milestone in his musical life. It’s a sentiment that is clearly evident in every single track of this exemplary set.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to place ourselves in the society of the 1780’s and to hear Mozart’s striking innovations the way they did. As Mozart himself said of his piano concertos from the same period, “They contain passages from which connoisseurs alone can derive satisfaction, but are written in such a way that the less learned cannot fail to be pleased without knowing why.” ...It was the genius of Mozart that his mature sonatas for violin and piano plumbed depths of expression hitherto unknown to the genre...The inspired performances of Tomas Cotik and Tao Lin make our amazement all the greater.
Violinist Tomas Cotik and pianist Tao Lin forged an especially strong bond on a number of earlier recordings of Schubert and Piazzolla, but this encompassing four-CD set of Mozart's Sonatas for Violin and Piano might be their most deeply connected collaboration to date. Internationally recognized as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator (currently Assistant Professor of Violin at Portland State University), Cotik has performed in orchestras such as the New World, Palm Beach, and Amarillo Symphonies, and was a member of the string quartets Amernet, Delray, and Harrington; however, his playing is perhaps most flatteringly presented in a duet context, his accompanist in this instance Lin playing a Steinway concert grand.
The violinist's artistry is on display throughout, whether it be executing uptempo passages with seeming ease or voicing a tender melody with sensitivity and nuance...Cotik and Lin repeatedly show themselves to be simpatico partners, whether playing in unison or in glorious counterpoint; their voicing of Mozart's material in all its clarity, poise, and balance suggests both deep engagement and sincere affection for the composer, and their interplay registers as an extended dialogue between two equally dedicated interlocutors....Mozart's melodies sing rapturously in their hands, and suffice it to say, any listener in the market for a consistently satisfying account of these Mozart works could do a whole lot worse than choose this one.
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"Mozart was a keen observer of mankind, and boundlessly empathetic, but what he expressed in his music is us, not himself," said scholar Cliff Eisen, who is quoted in the the liner notes for this new recording by violinist Tomás Cotik and pianist Tao Lin of the complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Cotik, a soloist who also teaches violin at Portland State University, also has recorded a number of other albums with Lin.
Aquí ejecutan brillantemente la serie completa de sonatas compuestas por Wolfang Amadeus Mozart para violín y piano...El dúo Cotik-Lin ya nos había deslumbrado en el álbum anterior, “Astor Piazzolla: Legacy”. En esta oportunidad, podemos sentir la simbiosis musical y el respeto mutuo que ambos músicos se profesan, interpretando las diferentes partituras de Mozart con precisión y sin menoscabar el lucimiento individual.
“Mozart: 16 Sonatas for Violin & Piano” es mucho más que un álbum. Es un compendio musical magistral de estas partituras específicas de Mozart ejecutado con maestría y (se puede sentir) mucho amor y respeto por la obra...el resultado es inmejorable...es un viaje musical único de la mano de dos instrumentos (violin y piano) y dos intérpretes...que se disfruta desde lo más profundo envolviéndonos en el espíritu mozartiano más puro. Las partituras no siempre son fáciles pero ambos intérpretes sobrepasan airosos y con equilibrada elegancia cada una de las dificultades con un profesionalimo y arte brillantes...un set imprescindible, adictivo. Un viaje musical casi hipnótico de la mano de uno de los más grandes compositores de la historia, Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, y dos intérpretes exquisitos y brillantes. Un set de cuatro CDs que no puede faltar en la colección de todo amante de la música clásica en general y de Mozart en particular.
haben bereits mehrmals mit CD-Aufnahmen viel Lob bekommen. Daran soll es auch bei dieser Gesamtaufnahme der Mozart-Sonaten nicht mangeln. Die Partnerschaft beider Musik ist gleichberechtigt und wohl proportioniert, in allen Hinsichten.
Zudem hatte Mozart nach dem Erfolg der Wunderkind-Jahre in seinen Zwanzigern auch künstlerische und menschliche Rückschläge erfahren, u.a den Tod der Mutter. Das erklärt auch die stilistische Reife und expressive Tiefe der Sonaten, die in diesen Interpretationen sehr gut zum Ausdruck kommt. Gerade aus den Reibungen und Kontrasten beider Instrumente entsteht viel Spannung und damit musikalische Rhetorik, die auch der Verschiedenartigkeit des Gefühlsausdrucks Rechnung trägt. Insbesondere Tomas Cotik kann dabei mit seiner Kunst der Klangfarben sehr viel erreichen.
Beide Musiker lassen uns so die Doppelbödigkeit der Musik erfahren, denn Freude und Trauer stehen hier genauso nebeneinander wie Ernsthaftigkeit und jugendlicher Drang.
Tomas Cotik and Tao Lin give a very characterful account of Mozart’s Sonatas for piano and violin. They play in a very dynamic way, using contrasts and dialogue for a musical rhetoric which mirrors the variety of the emotional expression.
Extended surveys of similar works by a composer can be particularly enlightening...This is one thing that makes the four-CD Centaur recording of 16 of Mozart’s violin-and-piano sonatas so fine – in addition to the sensitivity of the performers and the excellence of their playing... The 16 ... provide some interesting insight into Mozart’s life at the times he created the works...The violin-and-piano sonatas as a group are among Mozart’s less-often-heard music, but this recording shows them not only worthy in their own right but also very distinctly (if scarcely perfectly) illustrative of Mozart’s biographical as well as compositional circumstances when he created the music.
In this new recording from Tomas Cotik (violin) and Tao Lin (piano) are presented sixteen sonatas by Mozart on modern instruments. Cotik has a very warm tone which contrasts nicely with the more acoustically-distant piano which has a colder sound, especially so in the upper register at softer volume. And while modern instruments are adopted, Cotik is wise, I believe, in playing with one eye looking backward: in the use of vibrato he uses the effect lightly in a very sympathetic way. This is well displayed in the Andantino sostenuto e cantabile from the Sonata in B-flat, KV 378. It’s a beautiful movement where the duo shines...Cotik’s violin stays articulate in the foreground and the fast movements highlight both the technical merits of both musicians and their musical gifts. The style and articulation in the third movement from the Sonata in B-flat, KV 454 shows off the professionalism of both performers: how they play together as if from one mind; how Cotik’s articulation captures Mozart’s humor; how dynamics shape what might appear on the page as simple melody into something richer and more interesting...There is no perceived weakness from the musicians among all the movements. Each sonata is celebrated with equal energy and polish. Consistency is not an easy quality to find in large-scale recording projects. Kudos to Cotik and Lin for giving each piece equal love and attention to detail...Tomas Cotik and Tao Lin bring a wonderful performance and due exposure to these pieces.
Disco a disco, se trata de un álbum de cuatro discos compactos, es palpable cómo van evolucionando su aproximación a una manera de tocar que destaca por la forma creativa en que los dos músicos afrontan la música de cámara de Mozart... consiguen que después de escuchar el primer compacto, necesites escuchar el segundo, y el tercero y el cuarto.
La relación de concordancia e igualdad está asegurada; ambos músicos intensifican su esfuerzo para que surjan de la música muchísimos pasajes de una belleza sublime...El violín de Cotik, extraordinariamente expresivo, incide especialmente en el aspecto melódico. Comunica la elegancia y el gusto, y deshace la falacia o la transparencia engañosa que algunos creen ver en la música de Mozart: que es fácil. Mozart nunca dejó de crear universos enteros con pocas notas y a pesar de esto, su magia siempre funciona. La melodías de Cotik surgen del alma, sean líneas rápidas y animadas o lentas y melancólicas. En esta antológica grabación... hay una calidez de empatía y de inteligencia en la interpretación que va más allá del poder hipnotizador de este dúo por su sonido elegante y cercano.
"Il violino fu uno strumento particolarmente amato da Mozart che, secondo quanto ricordato da alcuni biografi, sapeva suonarlo già, all’età di quattro o cinque anni… Mozart amò effettivamente il violino di cui aveva una conoscenza perfetta; del resto già all’età di 7 e in particolar modo tra il 1763 e il 1766 compose una serie di ben 16 sonate nelle quali, però, la parte pianistica appare preponderante. Ben più mature sono, invece, le 16 sonate composte tra il 1778 e il 1788 e incise da Cotik...In duo con Tao Lin, Cotik mostra la sua versatilità passando a un repertorio completamente diiverso rispetto a quello di Piazzolla e fornendo una lettura filologicamente corretta delle sonate mozartiane che si configurano come dei veri e propri duetti per pianoforte e violino; i due strumentisti hanno perfettamente interpretato questo aspetto della scrittura di Mozart dal momento che sembrano due amici che dialogano senza mai sovrapporsi lasciando all’altro sempre lo spazio che è dato ad esso dal compositore...Anche nell’interpretazione delle sonate di Mozart si evidenziano l’ottima cavata e la perfetta tecnica di Cotik negli staccati particolarmente brillanti.
Cotik Explores Mozart’s Violin Sonatas
Following on the heels of his superb CD of Piazzolla’s tangos, violinist Tomás Cotik has tackled the complete violin sonatas of Mozart… a set of this magnitude (four CDs) is seldom attempted...the real attractiveness of these pieces stems from the way they’re performed, and Cotik is surely one of their liveliest of interpreters...Clearly, then, a first-rate set of these sonatas, well worth exploring.
Lynn René Bayley
"The joyful virtuosity and stylish musicianship that Tomas Cotik and Tao Lin brought to their superb cycle of Schubert’s violin-and-piano works for the Centaur label happily permeate their cycle of Mozart’s sonatas. There are so many delightful details to savour that one hardly knows where to begin.... All told, a most rewarding Mozart cycle..."