About this project
Tao and I started playing together about 4 years ago. We have been concertizing around the country and are very happy that our previous three CD recordings have received fantastic receptions by the critics. Our Schubert recording was named “Recording of the Year” by the British publication, Music Web International, and our Tango Nuevo album was described among the best Piazzolla albums by numerous different publications.
Over the next couple of years, we will be recording Mozart's 17 Sonatas in a set of 4 CDs on Centaur Records--a well known and respected classical music label. Our interpretation is inspired by knowledge of Mozart’s times. To this end we researched the historical context in order to know what the usual practices in interpretation were at the time of its composition. At the same time, we record with modern instruments and try to incorporate our own modern esthetical understanding of the pieces into the historical frame. Another goal is to achieve the highest possible instrumental performance, recording and acoustic qualities.
We are thankful to All Saints Episcopal Church for allowing us to record in their space which has a magnificent acoustic and to Steinway & Sons for sponsoring us a Steinway concert grand. We have a magnificent team: research Professor Emeritus in Musicology, Frank Cooper, will write the booklet notes. Paul Griffith and Edward Stalzer will be the audio engineers, Karl Roeder will service the Steinway grand, So-Min Kang will take the album pictures, and John Craven will direct the album's trailer film. I will be the producer for these recordings as I did before with our previous albums.
The production of each of these discs will cost thousands of dollars. We have already successfully fundraised a big part of the production and hope that this Kickstarter campaign will help us reach our goal. We're asking for your contributions to help us cover the expenses, which include recording engineering, piano transportation, piano tuning, and CD production. We hope our fundraising efforts exceed these base needs. We will carry over any additional funds for the promotion of these albums.
We are confident that this will be a special recording and are very grateful in advance to anyone and everyone who believes in us and helps us reach our goal.
Would you like to see some videos about our previous recordings?
SCHUBERT Vol. II
- “…exhilarating music-making, with all the accoutrements of encountering previously unknown works and the rather startling realization that these sonatas are not at all unknown – they are just not known to be as good, as effective and as musically and emotionally satisfying as they are here.” INFODAD
- “Cotik never indulges in violinistic brilliance at the expense of music, but he sounds consistently brilliant nevertheless….for those open to so thoughtful a violinist as Cotik, these readings should stand beside [Pinchas Zukerman's readings] on the shelf. Strongly recommended for its thoughtful and well-informed performances” FANFARE MAGAZINE
- "...a disc made with the study and attention usually reserved for the most popular piano masterpieces Schubert: a disc whose quality can offer the fascinating freshness of the germanic musical culture as new, as if the three small Sonatas had never heard before.” GBOPERA MAGAZINE
SCHUBERT Vol. I
- “Cotik and Lin make Kreisler seem almost smarmy...Isabelle Faust almost mannered...and Julia Fischer...as though she's filed down the detail” FANFARE MAGAZINE
- “Recordings Of The Year 2013. My first chamber choice for the year... I’ve had a listen to a few alternatives…including Isaac Stern and Daniel Barenboim on Sony Classics and Lydia Mordkovitch and Gerhard Oppitz on Chandos, but this duo on Centaur pretty much ticks all the boxes” MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL
- “Cotik and Tao Lin have…honored not only their professions as musicians, but the memory and work of Franz Schubert” THE PALM BEACH ARTS PAPER
- "This is an excellent recital. Everyone who plays these works should hear these exemplary performances...you will never hear these Telemann Fantasias played so well. I enjoy the Piazzolla Tango Etudes more as played by Cotik than by anyone else. “ AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
- “None of these pieces has ever sounded quite like this before.” INFODAD
- “I marvel at the technical skill which effortlessly encompasses these deeply contrasting styles....a technical as well as expressive master stroke.” CONTEMPORARY RECORD SOCIETY
- “…exceptional...Piazzolla can be played differently than this, but provably not better.” DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE
- “I was immediately impressed by their virtuosity…, and also their understanding of Piazzolla’s music. I was anxious to see them perform in person.” GARY BURTON
- “…there is no question that this disc is, by some distance, Naxos's best Piazzolla recording” MUSICWEB ITERNATIONAL
- "As an appointed expert on the music of the Argentinean composer, Astor Piazzolla, I have a steady trickle of new releases to review, this one among the very best" DAVID'S REVIEW CORNER
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Risks and challenges
We are aware of the logistic challenges of creating these music recordings. Nevertheless, we are very confident that this project will succeed since we have already recorded and produced various albums to critic acclaim.
Due to the magnitude of this Mozart project, the CDs will take about two years to be released. Since we do not want our supporters to have to wait this long for the physical release, most of the rewards are comprised of MP3 recordings of this Mozart project and previous album releases.
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