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Mozart: Violin Concertos 1-3 / Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante


Release Date: 04/04/2006 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 44706   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Fabio Biondi
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Every violinist on the planet is recording Mozart for the "Mozart year" of 2006, and most of these new discs have been very good. This one is no exception. The logical comparison to Fabio Biondi is Andrew Manze's recent disc for Harmonia Mundi, which contains Concertos 3-5. Manze has the more popular pieces, but Biondi's approach perhaps has more to offer in the rarely heard (outside complete sets) Nos. 1 and 2. In short, Europa Galante has a more "period" sound than does Manze's English Concert. This gives the music less blend, with very prominent woodwinds and horns--but more to the point, Biondi's tone sounds more of a piece with the ensemble.


In particular, if you turn to the heavenly slow
Read more movement of the Third Concerto for comparison, you will find that Biondi's orchestra lacks the velvety-smooth quality that Manze conjures--however, Biondi's solo not only permits a welcome touch of warm vibrato on his initial entrance, but overall he plays with a fuller, bolder timbre. I find the result less jarring and emotionally more persuasive without being necessarily better in terms of sheer technical musicianship. Ultimately it's a matter of personal taste, and since the two recordings only share a single work, if you want to collect a vibrant set of Mozart violin concertos on period instruments, get both, and be happy. The bright, tactile sonics match the extravert nature of the performances. A fine disc. [4/3/2006]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in B flat major, K 207 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  Teatro Comunale Paolo Ferrari, San Marce 
Length: 18 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Teatro Comunale Paolo Ferrari, San Marcello, Italy (09/05/2005 - 09/09/2005) 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in D major, K 211 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  Teatro Comunale Paolo Ferrari, San Marce 
Length: 16 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Teatro Comunale Paolo Ferrari, San Marcello, Italy (09/05/2005 - 09/09/2005) 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K 216 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  Teatro Comunale Paolo Ferrari, San Marce 
Length: 20 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Teatro Comunale Paolo Ferrari, San Marcello, Italy (09/05/2005 - 09/09/2005) 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat major K.207: I. [Allegro moderato]
Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat major K.207: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat major K.207: III. Presto
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. Rondeau (Allegro)
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 - Andante - Allegretto)

Customer Reviews

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 Good stuff August 29, 2014 By William LeBleu (Lake Charles, LA) See All My Reviews "Excellent stuff! Some of the best I've heard of the overdone concerti of Mozart." Report Abuse
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