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Nikolaj Znaider performs at the highest level as both conductor and virtuoso violin soloist, and for this album, the first of two releases exploring all five Mozart violin concertos, he directed the London Symphony Orchestra from his instrument, the 'Kreisler' Guarnerius 'del Gesu' 1741. Whilst Mozart's five violin concertos were all written when he was a teenager, there is no denying that the young composer's growth in confidence and maturity is audible. A step up from his Third, Mozart's Fourth Violin Concerto allows the instrument to take the lead, with the orchestra providing a supporting role. Widely considered the most 'grown up' of his violin concertos, Mozart's Fifth finishes with a spirited rondo, the leaping notes and exotic ornamentation of the solo part leading to its nickname, "Turkish".
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