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Motzart: Sonatas and Variations for Piano and Violin ~ Vol. 1 CD Cover Art

Shortly before his untimely passing in September 2015, York University music professor, violinist Jacques Israelievitch, finished recording the complete catalogue of Mozart violin and piano sonatas with his colleague, Professor Christina Petrowska Quilico. The first disc in the six-CD set will be released June 10.

The project grew out a of a record-breaking seven-hour performance by the two frequent collaborators in May 2014 at Toronto’s Gallery 345. Their professional partnership had begun in 2008, when Israelievitch joined York’s Department of Music after 20 years as concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The artists reprised the Mozart sonatas in five concerts at York during the 2014-15 season, recording on location before each performance.

“Jacques was an inspirational musician and friend,” said Petrowska Quilico. “I will always remember the fun we had rehearsing and recording. What a great way to make music!”

The series is being released on the Fleur de Son (FDS 58034) label and distributed by Naxos. Volume 1 features Mozart’s Sonatas in E flat major, K. 380; B flat major, K. 454; and A major, K.526; and “Six Variations on a French Song”, K. 360. The recordings will be available on iTunes and from amazon.com, as well as other digital service providers and retailers.

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