Mozart: Violinkonzert A-Dur KV 219

Mozart: Violinkonzert A-Dur KV 219

by Wolfgang Schneiderhan


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Mozart: Violinkonzert A-Dur KV 219

You'd have to be mad for Mozart's "A major Violin Concerto" to want to hear this two-disc set coupling four different recordings of the work. But if you are mad for the "A major Concerto" -- and it's such an ineffably delightful slip of a thing that you'd have to have a heart of iron and ears of tin not to be mad for it -- it will be a one-way ticket to paradise. Joining together performances recorded at the Salzburg Festival between 1956 and 1973 by Arthur Grumiaux, Erica Morini, Nathan Milstein, and Wolfgang Schneiderhan was an inspired idea. The work is so endlessly charming and each performance is so totally unique, one can listen straight through both discs and then go back to listen to all the Adagios again, smiling all the time. To give an idea of what's on these discs, here's a brief rundown of the players and their performances. Arthur Grumiaux plays with a sweet tone, a clean vibrato, an elegant technique, and a huge range of colors, and his performance with Bernhard Paumgartner leading the Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg in 1956 is graceful and sublime. Erica Morini plays with a lean tone, a focused vibrato, a nervous technique, and a burning intensity, and her performance with George Szell leading the Orchestre National de la RTF in 1959 is edgy and driven. Nathan Milstein plays with an expressive tone, a big vibrato, a flashy technique, and a flamboyant audacity, and his performance with Karl Böhm leading the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden in 1961 is wild and romantic. Wolfgang Schneiderhan plays with limber tone, a juicy vibrato, a reckless technique, and a devil-may-care attitude, and his performance leading the Wiener Philharmoniker in 1973 is positively thrilling. Although the sound varies in time and technique, the overall quality is very high and the soloists are always very present.

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Release Date: 10/31/2006
Label: Orfeo
UPC: 4011790713229
catalogNumber: 713062


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