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Mozart: Violin Concertos, Rondos, Etc / Tetzlaff, Et Al


Release Date: 02/20/2007 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 65468   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff
Conductor:  Christian Tetzlaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic BremenGerman Chamber Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Violin Concertos: No. 1 in B?; No. 2 in D. Rondos: in C, K 173; in B?, K 269. Adagio in E, K 261 Christian Tetzlaff (vn), cond; German CP VIRGIN 65468 (58:22)


About a year ago, in 29:6, I reviewed Christian Tetzlaff’s performances of Mozart’s Third, Fourth, and Fifth Violin Concertos (Virgin 82122), finding that they indulged “neither trendy period Read more scholarship nor anachronistic Romantic sensibilities.” And I recommended them as “uncovering the bright colors in Mozart that we’ve been led to expect to hear in Vivaldi,” colors that Tetzlaff combined with his own personal views in performances that seemed nearly irresistible. In the First Concerto, included in this second (and, presumably, final) installment of the series, Tetzlaff vies with Isaac Stern’s old recording of Mozart’s Third Concerto in mellifluousness (especially in the first movement), which, never saccharine, helps create a most genial performance. In the lyrical second movement, Tetzlaff’s sound may seem to recede into the orchestral web, yet his lyricism manages to shine through. He may not bring the same level of “breathless delicacy” that distinguished Anne-Sophie Mutter’s accounts of the early concertos (with the London Philharmonic on Deutsche Grammophon 000569102, which I reviewed in 29:5); but the finale features rapid staccatos (in both the solo and string parts) that highlight already sparkling arpeggiated passagework, and Tetzlaff and the orchestra make these bubble like so much champagne. Shlomo Mintz’s readings of the concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra (Avie 2058) grew progressively “deeper and more colorful” (28: 6); Tetzlaff, on the other hand, reveals the seriousness and maturity of the earlier of these teenage works. His version of the Second Concerto possesses stylish aplomb in the first movement, unaffected pathos in the Second, and high spirits in the Third.


Tetzlaff plays the Rondos and the Adagio, respectively, with piquancy suggesting lightness without triviality and throaty ardor like Mozart’s own in later works like his String Quintet in G Minor. The recorded sound throughout hardly favors the soloist, with its intimate and natural balance; yet those who favor a chamber-like approach to concerted works should especially appreciate the balance, especially in view of Tetzlaff’s smaller-scaled conception (in sound, that is, and in dramatic effect rather than in musical expressivity).


Like Tetzlaff’s recordings of Mozart’s later concertos, these now appear to be about a decade old, but for their intelligence and charm they richly deserve to be re-released. (Listeners new to the repertoire will need to beware that the booklet lists the smaller works out of order—on the recording I reviewed, the Rondo in C comes after the concertos, followed by the Rondo in B?, and, finally, the Adagio in E.) Recommended as enthusiastically as the earlier volume to those who find this repertoire irresistible during the current Mozart remembrances, to those who haven’t yet approached it, and, in fact, to everybody.


FANFARE: Robert Maxham
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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:  Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Conductor:  Christian Tetzlaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen,  German Chamber Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 19 Minutes 56 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in D major, K 211 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Conductor:  Christian Tetzlaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen,  German Chamber Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 18 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in C major, K 373 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Conductor:  Christian Tetzlaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen,  German Chamber Philharmonic
Written: 1781 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
4.
Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E major, K 261 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Conductor:  Christian Tetzlaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen,  German Chamber Philharmonic
Written: 1776 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5.
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in B flat major, K 269 (261a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Conductor:  Christian Tetzlaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen,  German Chamber Philharmonic
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 38 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat major K207: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat major K207: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat major K207: III. Presto
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major K211: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major K211: II. Andante
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major K211: III. Rondeau (Allegro)
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C K373
Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E K261
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in B flat major K269/K261a

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