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Reviews: Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante, Concerto Violin & Piano - Midori

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Review by ddarch88 May 16, 2003 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
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I am just beginning my excursion into classical music, so forgive my naivete. I bought this SACD on a whim, having had a gift certificate for Best Buy and having wanted to hear something classical in the format. I was unfamiliar with the works, and chose them mostly because I like most Violin Concertos, and most Piano Concertos I have heard by Mozart.

An interesting side note to the Violin/Piano Concerto is that it was an unfinished work, recently finished by a respected composer who is also a Mozart scholar. Honestly, as a classical newbie, that didn't mean much to me, but for Mozart aficionados, I figure that might be cause to buy this cd.

My favorite of the two works on this SACD is the first, a Concerto for Violin and Viola. I love how the violin suddenly makes its entrance about two and a half minutes into the work, and then mesmorizes. The viola works throughout the piece in almost a "call and response" fashion. In two channel, the violin appears to the left and the viola to the right. The full orchestra to the center and behind In multi-channel, it's a little more blurred, the violin left-center, the viola right center. Frankly, I like the stereo verson better in this first peice, but I like the sonics the MCH provides for the piano in the second piece. I think you get a better "hall" effect in the latter piece using the MCH, whereas in the first piece, the listener is so drawn to the violin/viola interplay, it seems better suited to just stereo mixing.

The recording, in DSD, is stunning. Besides some older vinyl on the London label with Isaac Stern as the violinist, I have never heard the instrument sound more engaging, more emotional. Even at very loud volumes, it is never grating or shrill. I am not sure of Midori's ranking among today's violinists, but this amateur classical listener was very impressed.

I recommend this disk to other SACD enthusiasts interested in what DSD can do for orchestral recordings, and, in particular, the violin.

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Review by Dan Popp January 7, 2004 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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I'll just compare and contrast to the previous reviewer to "cut to the chase." The orchestra sounds rich and lush. The violin and viola when playing in unison, do have a bit of an edge, IMNSHO. Perhaps the viola's being tuned up a half step contributes to that. Certainly they "stand out" or "forward" from the orchestra, and some of that has to do with the fact that they're just brighter than the orchestra's string section. It's not irritating - just one of those things that, when you play the disc back in 10 years, you'll say, "hey, listen to what they were doing back then!"

Now, the piano, in contrast, is round and plummy. It reminds me of the piano in the movie, "Amadeus" - full and sonorous, while the playing is light and delicate and sprightly. For that reason the 2nd work - the delightful "recreated" masterpiece - is my favorite.

All in all, very enjoyable.

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Review by tream February 9, 2004 (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
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I can only second Nucaleena's review (who I find to be usually right on, by the way). I have this as one of my recommendations for SACD classical newbies. Have heard it in MC and stereo. Smooth, full sound. This disc gives one a new appreciation for Midori as a mature artist and Eschenbach as a partner.

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Review by krisjan November 29, 2010 (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
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