Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos

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Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos

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Presto Disc of the Week

28th October 2016

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HMC902230/31

Discs:

2

Release date:

28th Oct 2016

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3149020223024

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2 hours 9 minutes

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Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos

Cadenzas by Andreas Staier


Mozart:

Violin Concertos Nos. 1-5 (Complete)

Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in B flat, K269

Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C, K373

Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, K261


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The five most brilliant concertos for violin, all penned before the age of 19! Mozart was not even 15 years old when he began composing violin concertos that would serve as a backdrop at Salzburg receptions. An insatiable drive for independence would however lead the young Konzertmeister to overtly challenge musical forms, innovate with genres, humour and frivolity, all of which can be heard in this delightful first collaboration between Isabelle Faust and the musicians of Il Giardino Armonico.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1, in B-Flat Major, K. 207

I. Allegro moderato

II. Adagio

III. Presto

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Rondo for Violin and Orchestra, in B-Flat Major, K. 269/261a: Allegro

Rondo for Violin and Orchestra, in B-Flat Major, K. 269/261a: Allegro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2, in D Major, K. 211

I. Allegro moderato

II. Andante

III. Rondeau. Allegro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3, in G Major, K. 216

I. Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Rondeau. Allegro- Andante - Allegretto - Tempo primo

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Rondo for Violin and Orchestra, in C Major, K. 373: Allegretto grazioso

Rondo for Violin and Orchestra, in C Major, K. 373: Allegretto grazioso

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 4, in D Major, K. 218

I. Allegro

II. Andante cantabile

III. Rondeau. Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Adagio for Violin and Orchestra, in E Major, K. 261

Adagio for Violin and Orchestra, in E Major, K. 261

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 5, in A Major, K. 219

I. Allegro aperto - Adagio - Allegro aperto

II. Adagio

III. Rondeau: Tempo di Menuetto - Allegro - Tempo di Menuetto

The Guardian

20th October 2016

****

“Antonini conducts, but the music seems to be led from everywhere. Meanwhile, Faust’s touch is light, finespun, pristine – often her bow hardly glosses the strings, but there’s proper robustness to balance in the chunky, sparky cadenzas.”

Presto Classical

David Smith

28th October 2016

“Faust and Il Giardino Armonico bring out the shades of colour in the music and revelling in the characteristic phrases, but never forcing the issue. It goes without saying that Faust's tone is just as sweet here as in her other recordings, and she puts just the right amount of playful rubato into the cadenzas without straying into self-indulgence.”

Sunday Times

6th November 2016

“Faust’s spirited tempi in the outer movements of K218 and K219 bring this music as vividly to life as any recording I know, and her sweet singing tone in the andantes and adagio give full expressive value. Lively accompaniments from the Italians.”

Record Review

5th November 2016

“The most critical thing is the match between Isabelle Faust and her gut strung Strad and the orchestra; they fit beautifully, she seems almost airborne at times, so light and airy is the sound … everything is so well balanced, soloist with ensemble, cadenzas with original Mozart, the speeds and rhythmic drive of the outer movements with the delicacy and fine sprung lyricism of Mozart’s middle movements.”

Financial Times

18th November 2016

“Faust fields a delicate palette of colours, barely touching the strings at times, so airy is her playing. The freedoms she allows herself are well judged and matched by Il Giardino Armonico, conducted by Giovanni Antonini.”

Gramophone Magazine

December 2016

“These wonderful performances have the air of chamber music, of close listening between soloist, band and director. Faust isn’t spotlit…but seems part of the ensemble, her sound growing out of the corporate entity to glitter, coax, snarl and soar as required…[a] thought-provoking and eminently enjoyable cycle”

Classical Ear

2nd December 2016

“Youthful works mainly written between the ages of 17 and 20, but of a maturity that belies those years. Isabelle Faust and Giovanni Antonini are alive to their changing characters, sensing a spirit both impetuous and profound … a richly emotional experience”

BBC Music Magazine

February 2017

*****

“remarkably smooth and sweet toned playing … the ‘Turkish’ episode…is splendidly done, its snarling crescendos well-handled by Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico, and the percussive bow-slapping of the double basses adding to the flavour. The cadenzas by Andreas Staier are stylish and inventive.”

MusicWeb International

January 2017

“Faust plays these concertos as though she has been a specialist in this repertoire all her life, and the results are utterly delightful throughout…she is entirely alive to the period sensitivities of the repertory and the instrument…her performances are lithe, agile and full of air, allowing the music to breathe naturally and totally comfortably”

The Strad

February 2017

“there is a lightness of touch, jewel-like precision and, of course, Andreas Staier’s enterprising cadenzas … A very high-quality and enjoyable product overall – recommended.”

Hi-Fi News

11th February 2017

“No-one familiar with the 1990’a Il Giardino Armonico/Teldec CDs of Vivaldi, et al, and the outstanding artistry of Isabelle Faust, will be surprised to find their set of the Mozart concertos (With the Adagio K261 and Rondos K269 and 363) so enlightening and enjoyable.”

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