Mozart: Violin Concerto Nos. 3 & 5; Adagio in E
Even though the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's series of audiophile recordings seems to cover classical repertoire in a fairly satisfactory way, with programs that feel self-contained and sufficient for most listeners' needs, occasionally a title is released that seems to be incomplete, despite the performers right to pick whatever pieces they please. Such is the case with this recording of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Violin Concertos, K. 216," and "K. 219," and the "Adagio in E, K. 261," featuring Jonathan Carney as soloist and conductor. There is no denying the excellence of the performances, for Carney is an eloquent player throughout and the RPO is warmly sympathetic and supportive. But if the remaining three violin concertos, "K. 207," "K. 211," and "K. 218," are desired to round out the set, Carney appears never to have recorded them, and they aren't even offered by RPO with a different violinist. So completists may feel discouraged and pass by this CD in favor of having a twofer with all five concertos, but others who don't mind having multiple recordings of the same works should definitely give this album a chance. These 1995 recordings are brilliant, clean, and focused, and the high production values make this CD sound almost as deep and detailed as many later super audio CDs.