Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Viola is without question my favourite composition by my favourite composer. I have been playing viola for 2 years, and am currently working on my grade 7. It is excellent to be able to play a piece by Mozart that treats the viola as a solo instrument, considering he did not write any viola concertos.
It is made up of 3 movements. The Allegro Maestoso is full of scalic runs, arpeggios and imitations that are typical of Mozart's mastery. The Andante is a sublime work that is filled with pathos. It is here that the rich, sonorous tone of the viola can really be appreciated alongside the soprano of the violin. The Presto is a final duel between violin and viola that culminates in a fanfare-like arpeggio reaching the top of both instrument's ranges.
Although it has taken me a fair time to be able to play through all three movements, I would definitely recommend this piece to players of all abilities - as it is sure to improve technique, and there are countless phrases that stand alone in their excellence. Anonymous
- (Southampton, United Kingdom)