Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante, K364; Duo in G, K423

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This 1963 recording, made by American engineers in the Soviet Union, was famed for its lovely, symbiotic solo performances by Igor Oistrakh on violin and his father David Oistrakh on viola. The Mozart "Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola, and orchestra in E flat, K. 364," is a challenging work for interpreters, with one of those spacious Mozart first movements that lack real melodies, instead building up large structures through an evolving balance among a group of simple musical elements. A common approach is to try to give it a kind of tension, beginning with the long held note by the solo violin at the beginning of the first solo section, coming in several bars ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
This 1963 recording, made by American engineers in the Soviet Union, was famed for its lovely, symbiotic solo performances by Igor Oistrakh on violin and his father David Oistrakh on viola. The Mozart "Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola, and orchestra in E flat, K. 364," is a challenging work for interpreters, with one of those spacious Mozart first movements that lack real melodies, instead building up large structures through an evolving balance among a group of simple musical elements. A common approach is to try to give it a kind of tension, beginning with the long held note by the solo violin at the beginning of the first solo section, coming in several bars before the start of the actual solos; the rest of the long movement then releases the tension. The Oistrakhs instead hold to a certain gauzy quality that seems to be part of the Russian approach to Mozart. They seamlessly adjust their usual brillliant quality to this approach, and the lively, warm support from David Oistrakh on viola is marvelous. The audiophile qualities of this recording reissued here from the original master tapes had to do with microphone placement that resulted in unusually good balance and clarity; the Oistrakh duo, who were the main attraction, are placed nicely in the foreground. The Moscow Philharmonic under Kiril Kondrashin is competent but does not make a seamless blend with the soloists. In the "Duo for Violin and Viola in F major, K. 423," that rounds out the disc, there is no such problem with the orchestra to contend with. The Oistrakhs once again adjust their sound and produce a cool, neutral style entirely appropriate to this rather intellectual work, which despite its slender forces inhabits the part of Mozart's thought processes also responsible for the string quartets of the 1780s. This work alone is worth the purchase price of this reissue -- an example, like the original recording, of international cooperation, for it involved both Japanese and American engineering contributions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2006
  • Label: Fim [1st Impression]
  • EAN: 4892843001070
  • Catalog Number: 69
  • Sales rank: 100,633

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola & orchestra in E flat major, K. 364 (K. 320d) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Kirill Kondrashin (32:58)
  2. 2 Duo for violin & viola No. 1 in G major, K. 423 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Winston Ma (15:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Oistrakh Primary Artist
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