Vera Hilger & Norbert Hilger play Mozart

Vera Hilger & Norbert Hilger play Mozart

by Vera Hilger

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Vera Hilger & Norbert Hilger play Mozart

The title of Vera and Norbert Hilger's album Mozart... is actually quite telling. It is actually in the ellipsis (...) where listeners are given the most information about what to expect. The program consists of transcriptions for violin and cello (written by the artists) of works (primarily composed originally for the piano) by Mozart, as well as Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Wieniawski. The hackles of purist listeners are mostly likely already up. Despite arguments of historical precedence, the practice of transcribing works of the masters for different instruments is subject to a great deal of ire. For those who don't mind transcriptions, the questions then become whether or not the transcriptions themselves are well written, and whether or not they are performed well. The Hilger duo appears to stick fairly close to the original score in composing transcriptions, including as much of the original content and intent as possible. As for the performance, however, the duo falls short, very short. The duo's sound quality is noticeably thin and cautious. Musically, there are few lyrical or insightful moments; rather, the performances come across as little more than a reading of the notes on the page. Finally and overridingly, there's the issue of intonation, which at times is unacceptably poor.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2007
Label: Querstand Records
UPC: 4025796006025
catalogNumber: 602

Tracks

  1. Fandango for keyboard in D minor, No 146
  2. Fantasia for piano in D minor (fragment), K. 397 (K. 385g)
  3. Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545
  4. Piano Sonata No. 16 in B flat major, K. 570
  5. Rondo a Capriccio for piano in G major ("Rage Over a Lost Penny"), Op. 129
  6. Capriccio for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 5
  7. Etude-caprice for 2 violins in G minor, Op. 18/1: 1. Moderato - Allegro moderato
  8. Etude-caprice for 2 violins in A minor, Op. 18/4: 4. Tempo di Saltarella, ma non troppo vivo

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