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David Hurwitz, April 2011

For the record, Mozart’s “great” violin sonatas evidently consist of K. 296, 301-306, 359, 360, 376-380, 454, 481, 526, and 547. I guess that means that the rest qualify as the “lousy” violin sonatas. Mozart wrote a ton of them, and none of them ranks among his finest chamber works, though of course most have their moments. These four discs contain about as much of this music as anyone other than a Mozart completist is likely to need. The performances are excellent, and audibly superior to just about anything yet offered in this music on period instruments. Haebler, always an underrated pianist, was an excellent Mozartian, offering sensitive and tastefully detailed accounts of what are often much more than mere accompaniments. Szeryng, for his part, plays with a winsome tone and the kind of vocal, lyrical impulse that all of Mozart’s music demands. It’s nice to see these performances available again independently of the complete editions.

Elaine Fine
American Record Guide, March 2011

I love these recordings. …these readings re-define the idea of perfection for me because they are at the same time definitive and inspiring. In addition to shaping every phrase ideally, these musicians pay attention to what seems like thousands of details in the music. I’ll be listening to these over and over, particularly on days when life gets a little rough. These readings seem to blow the cobwebs away and let the fresh musical air in.

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Jeremy Siepmann
BBC Music Magazine, January 2011


These are beautiful, stylish, polished performances…

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