Reading Richard Hanlon's review of the Naxos CD of viola works, I was gratified to find another who esteems Mendelssohn's viola sonata. I agree with him that it is unbelievable that it was written by a teenager, given its sense of maturity.
One thing the reviewer did not mention is the brief allusion to the famous "moonlight" motif from Beethoven's piano sonata. This occurs in the third movement, at about 6:39 and again at 9:30 in the recording by Koch and Keller (Bayer/Brilliant).
Can anyone remember which other viola sonata alludes to the "moonlight" in its third movement? (For those playing at home, the answer is Shostakovich.)
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