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Mozart: Violin Concertos 1, 2, 5 / Fischer, Kreizberg, Netherlands CO


Release Date: 10/31/2006 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186094   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Julia FischerPieter-Jan Belder
Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Vivid performances that are full of panache and musical insight.

This follow-up to Julia Fischer's widely acclaimed disc of Mozart's Concertos Nos 3 and 4 confirms the 23-year-old as a player of dazzling maturity and technical finish. Her tone is sweet and imaginatively coloured, her shaping of the music invariably interesting, with each phrase related naturally to its place in the larger scheme. In fast movements, launched by Yakov Kreizberg's bristling, bright-eyed tuttis (the orchestral sound slightly inflated by the reverberant church acoustic), Fischer tends to be fierier and more assertive than either Pamela Frank or James Ehnes. The opening Allegro of No 5 and the outer movements of No 1 are superb in their
Read more mingled finesse of detail and exhilarating sweep - and I liked the aptly scaled cadenzas concocted jointly by Fischer and Kreizberg. More controversial is the triple-time finale of No 2. Fischer's unusually swift, tense reading is certainly effective, though here, as occasionally elsewhere, I did miss the wit and playfulness found by Ehnes and, especially, Frank.

It would be an exaggeration to say that Fischer slightly romanticises the slow movements. But she does cultivate a more intense vibrato and a more moulded, espressivo style of phrasing than either of the rival versions, especially in the seraphic Adagio of No 5, where her tempo is by some way the broadest of the three. While her performance is subtle and very beautiful, I am even more moved by Ehnes and Frank, both of whom seem to me to capture a crucial quality of spiritual innocence that eludes the more sophisticated Fischer. Ultimately, though, it all boils down to taste. Certainly, no one could deny the intelligence, panache or musical insight of Fischer's vividly imagined performances.

-- Richard Wigmore, GRAMOPHONE
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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:  Julia Fischer (Violin), Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Church, Haarlem, Netherland 
Length: 20 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in D major, K 211 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord), Julia Fischer (Violin)
Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Church, Haarlem, Netherland 
Length: 19 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Julia Fischer (Violin)
Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1775 
Date of Recording: 03/2006 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Church, Haarlem, Netherland 
Length: 29 Minutes 50 Secs. 

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. Rondo: Allegro
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219, "Turkish": I. Allegro aperto
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219, "Turkish": II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219, "Turkish": III. Rondo: Tempo di menuetto

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