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Mozart – Violin Concertos II

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1755
Release date2011-05-24
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

Music Web International: "Dominy Clements made Volume I his Recording of the Month, one of many enthusiastic reviews There’s little that I need add except that Volume II has followed fairly hard upon its heels and is equally recommendable, especially in the 24-bit flac download".(Brian Wilson, August 2011); International Record Review outstanding (October 2011).



Completing the cycle of Mozart’s violin concertos, begun on BIS-SACD-1754, Richard Tognetti and his Australian Chamber Orchestra offer us the first, second and fourth concerto, along with two shorter works for violin and orchestra: the Adagio in E major and the Rondo in C major. All Mozart’s works in this genre were written during a few years quite early in his career, and as Mozart specialist John Irving explains in his liner notes, the composer, who by all accounts was a fine violinist, may have been making a bid for a better position as Konzertmeister at the court in Salzburg where he already held a less distinguished post. In spite of their early dates, the concertos demonstrate very clearly Mozart’s tremendous development, and the fourth concerto in particular displays the confidence of the composer both in handling his material and in teasing the audience with the narrative he creates. In his own comments on the recording, Tognetti writes of his and the orchestra’s decision to use gut strings, period wind instruments and a lower than usual pitch, in aim to create ‘a sound which we know Mozart would have recognised’. But as there is no way for us to know what ‘authentic’ Mozart violin playing sounds like, Tognetti’s approach has been ‘simply to look at the notes Mozart wrote down, and start from there, creating a hybrid hopefully carrying an embodiment of truth’. The result is highly convincing, as reviews of the previous disc show. The German website klassik-heute.de has given it top marks, describing the performances as ‘uncommonly fascinating… full of wit, emotion and sheer joy of playing.’ The reviewer in The Observer (UK) recommended the disc highly, for its ‘beautifully nuanced’ and ‘transcendent’ performances, and ‘gloriously exciting, tangy edged, alert and playful sound.’ In International Record Review, finally, his colleague found the disc ‘wonderfully refreshing ... a constant delight’ with a recorded sound ‘beyond praise’, going on to state that ‘Tognetti finds a musical substance in these works that is matched by very few rival versions.’
 
Extra material for download
 
 
  Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
  Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat major, K207 18:59
01 I. Allegro moderato 07:00 $ 1.47 USD
02 II. Adagio 06:58 $ 1.46 USD
03 III. Presto 05:01 $ 1.05 USD
 
 
  Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
  Rondo in C major for violin and orchestra, K373
04 Rondo in C major for violin and orchestra, K373 05:27 $ 1.14 USD
 
 
  Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
  Violin Concerto No.4 in D major, K218 20:35
05 I. Allegro 08:08 $ 1.71 USD
06 II. Andante cantabile 05:52 $ 1.23 USD
07 III. Rondeau. Andante grazioso – Allegro ma non troppo 06:35 $ 1.38 USD
 
 
  Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
  Adagio in E major for violin and orchestra, K261
08 Adagio in E major for violin and orchestra, K261 06:47 $ 1.42 USD
 
 
  Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
  Violin Concerto No.2 in D major, K211 18:30
09 I. Allegro moderato 08:29 $ 1.78 USD
10 II. Andante 05:49 $ 1.22 USD
11 III. Rondeau. Allegro 04:12 $ 0.88 USD
 
  Album total 70:18
OrchestraAustralian Chamber Orchestra
Violin and leaderTognetti, Richard
ComposerMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

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