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Mozart: Violin Concertos, Haffner Serenade / Frank, Zinman


Release Date: 06/14/2005 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 721040   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Pamela Frank
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews





Pamela Frank?s recordings of Mozart?s five canonical Violin Concertos and the three movements from the ?Haffner? Serenade that can be assembled to form another concerto, come from January 27?29, 1997, (Concertos Nos. 3, 5, and Serenade) and March 8?10, 1999, (Concertos 1, 2, and 4) and have been previously released. Frank sparks the concertos? passagework, offsetting brilliant upper registers with jazzy, viola-like huskiness on the G string. And she explores differences in style among them?even though they span only several years of Mozart?s life and development. In the First Concerto?s first movement, for example, she plays Read more with great simplicity; she introduces a melting lyricism to the second movement and bustles energetically in the third. But she responds to the more mature Second Concerto with an expanded palette of nuances. Throughout the rest, she maintains interest, if not in every phrase, as Anne-Sophie Mutter did in her early recording with Karajan of the Third and Fifth Concertos (Deutsche Grammophon 2531 049, later released on CD as Deutsche Grammophon 429 814), at least in many of them, some of which assume a highly individual character as a result both of her manner of tone production and of her violin?s strong timbral profile. Joachim?s cadenza to the first movement of the Fifth Concerto (in the rest, Frank plays cadenzas written by David Zinman?and if these aren?t always so ingratiating as some of the standard ones, they?re generally idiomatic and stylish) represents one such passage, in which, like a magician and wand, the violinist and violin pull something new out of the well-worn hat. If these passages don?t come with the frequency that someone familiar with these works might desire, they at least come frequently enough that even such a listener?s attention can?t wander too far. The ?Haffner? Serenade?s a welcome addition to the set, serving as a complement in the place of the Adagio or Rondo or even the Sinfonia concertante. David Zinman and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra provide rollicking accompaniments; and the engineers have captured Frank close enough to satisfy Isaac Stern, in a reverberant ambiance that flatters both soloist and orchestra. Frank?s performances, and the inclusion of the violin concerto embedded in the ?Haffner? Serenade, all in such advantageous recorded sound, should appeal in their best moments to those who specialize in Mozart or the composer?s works for violin; but they might equally serve as an auspicious introduction to the repertoire. Recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in B flat major, K 207 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Pamela Frank (Violin)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Notes: The cadenzas Pamela Frank plays on this recording were written by David Zinman. 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in D major, K 211 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Pamela Frank (Violin)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Notes: The cadenzas Pamela Frank plays on this recording were written by David Zinman. 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K 216 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Pamela Frank (Violin)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
4.
Concerto for Violin no 4 in D major, K 218 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Pamela Frank (Violin)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775 
5.
Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Pamela Frank (Violin)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Written: 1775 
6.
Serenade no 7 in D major, K 250 (248b) "Haffner" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Early Mozart with passion June 30, 2013 By Ralph Shuey (Ebensburg, PA) See All My Reviews "I first heard Pamela Frank play at a series of private concerts in August 2011. At that time she had not performed in public for ten years, due to a hand injury incurred just two years after winning the Avery Fisher prize in 1999. I then bought this recording to compare with the famous debut recording by Anne-Sophie Mutter of concertos #3 and #5. I prefer the Pamela Frank versions. Her tone is exceptionally full and rich across the entire register – highs never squeaky, lows never thin. She plays with uninhibited emotion - most welcome for early Mozart, where the facile construction invites performance with mindless cheeriness. Mozart wrote the violin concertos while still a teenager. This 2-CD release has all five, which displays Mozart’s rapid development at the time. Pamela Frank resumed public performances in 2012. I look forward to future recordings." Report Abuse
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