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Mozart: Violin Concertos No 2 & 3, Etc / Immerseel, Et Al


Release Date: 12/27/2005 
Label:  Zig Zag   Catalog #: 51001   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Midori Seiler
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Immerseel returns to Mozart with a surprising programme

Instead of the usual formula of three Mozart violin concertos, Zig Zag here juxtaposes two of the concertos with his most lovable early symphony – less convenient for tidy-minded collectors, perhaps, but better for interrupted home listening, when three concertos in succession can seem too much of a good thing. Midori Seiler, leader of Anima Eterna, gives graceful, refined performances, pure and sweet in tone (with a modest, telling use of vibrato), immaculately tuned, thoughtfully and delicately phrased. Monica Huggett finds more playfulness in the outer movements of the D major, K211. But Seiler’s gentler, sometimes (as in the first-movement development) more
Read more withdrawn way with the music is certainly appealing.

In the popular G major, though, I prefer Manze for the added boldness, fantasy and impishness of his playing. Seiler catches beautifully the Elysian innocence of the Adagio. But alongside Manze she can seem over-discreet in the fast movements, not least in the lusty Hungarian folk tune which tactlessly breaks in on an aristocratic gavotte. Manze also scores with his first-movement cadenza – pithy and witty where Seiler’s is lengthy and ruminative – and the extra pungency of the orchestral contribution, especially from the oboes and horns.

Between the concertos, the symphony gets a precise, spirited performance, light on its feet and transparent in texture, with the violins properly divided left and right – crucial in a work with so much antiphonal dialogue. It’s accomplished and enjoyable, and the recorded sound has an attractive glow. Some may feel that the first movement is a touch peremptory. Even at the smartish two-in-a-bar tempo Mozart’s marking suggests, there is more scope for affectionate phrasing than we hear in this bristling, bright-eyed reading.

Richard Wigmore, The GRAMOPHONE (9/2006)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in D major, K 211 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Midori Seiler (Violin)
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  Concertgebouw Brugge 
Length: 8 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Concertgebouw Brugge (02/23/2004 - 02/25/2004) 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K 216 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Midori Seiler (Violin)
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  Concertgebouw Brugge 
Length: 9 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Concertgebouw Brugge (02/23/2004 - 02/25/2004) 
3.
Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201 (186a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Written: 1774 
Venue:  Concertgebouw Brugge 
Length: 6 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Concertgebouw Brugge (02/23/2004 - 02/25/2004) 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 211: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 211: II. Andante
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 211: III. Rondo: Allegro
Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201: I. Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201: II. Andante
Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201: III. Menuetto
Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201: IV. Allegro con spirito
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: III. Rondeau: Allegro

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