The Music@Menlo chamber music festival presented its final ‘Carte Blanche’ program of the season on Thursday 4 August at Stent Family Hall on the Menlo School campus in Atherton. The “Carte Blanche” concerts are recitals organized by the performers. This concert featured veteran Menlo violinist Bella Hristova and rookie pianist Shai Wosner in a program accompanied by two Mozart sonatas.
Although written only three years apart in 1781 and 1784, Mozart’s two sonatas are quite different. K. 377 in F major is one of the first sonatas of this set in which the violin plays an equal role with the keyboard. (Previously, the violin only adorned and commented on a keyboard work.) Mozart alternates the main melody almost constantly between the two instruments, especially in the fast and bustling opening movement. It makes the music interesting.