Review by threerandot April 10, 2008 (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
|Julia Fischer plays with sensitivity and mastery in this recording of Mozart's Violin Concertos in G and D, plus two equally enjoyable fill-ups!
The Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 opens with a light and airy Allegro, followed by the tender and passionate Adagio. Just listen to those strings and winds! The Concerto closes with the bouncy Rondeau.
Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 also opens with an Allegro which seems to present some technical challenges which the soloist is more than capable of handling. Listen for horns and winds underscoring the action. The Andante cantabile is just like an opera aria, filled with sweet longing. The concerto closes with a jubillant Rondeau.
The Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, K.261 is the first of two movements that Mozart used as substitutes in his concertos at different times. Julia's tone sings with a sweet and tender passion and this really shows how much Mozart wanted his concertos to have the qualities of opera arias.
The Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in B flat, K.269 closes the disc with light and bouncy rhythms. I think I can hear more of Haydn's influence on Mozart here than in the rest of the disc.
Ms. Fischer has always had a light, singing tone and this is to the advantage in this collection of works for violin by Mozart. Filled with grace and good humor, this is another great Pentatone release for Julia Fischer and Yakov Kreizberg. The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra are a wonderful group of players and their contribution should not go unnoticed.
Although the recording venue may seem a little large at first for these works, it soon becomes apparent that the open acoustic actually seems to enhance the intimacy of these performances. I might appreciate a slight more warmth around the sound, but this is a quibble when these works are played so beautifully. Highly recommended.
(This review refers to the Multichannel portion of this disc.)
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