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Mozart: Violin Concertos No 1, 3, 4 / Zimmermann

Mozart / Zimmermann / Szulc
Release Date: 02/10/2015 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98039  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann
Conductor:  Radoslaw Szulc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Frank Peter Zimmermann is an excellent violinist, and an ideal Mozart interpreter. His rhythms are clean and crisp, his ornamentation appropriate, his vibrato always tasteful and expressive, and the tempos he and conductor Radoslaw Szulc adopt well-nigh ideal. Indeed, Mozart seems to represent the dividing line between successful historically informed and modern violin performance, with the former usually sounding dismal and the latter almost invariably proving satisfactory, at a minimum. This is ironic because, as we know, Mozart’s dad wrote the major 18th-century treatise on violin playing, and it’s amusing to hear performances that claim to follow Leopold’s rules come out sounding like dreck, as
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Naturally there are a few exceptions to this trend, but they tend to be few and far between. Much of the reason, undoubtedly, stems from the fact that all of the greatest modern violinists, among whom Frank Peter Zimmermann is certainly one, play Mozart; and they are, to a man (or woman) superior simply as players to just about any period-instrument specialist that you would care to name. Interpretive excellence trumps early-music performance practice dogma any day. The best modern players also use finer-toned, more “authentic” violins. These obvious points often get lost in the hype that characterizes so much of our contemporary musical life, but the evidence is plain for anyone with ears to hear it.

This very well-filled disc is the first in a pair featuring Mozart’s complete music for violin and orchestra. Zimmermann plays Mozart’s winsome melodies with the purity and elegance that they demand. The slow movements–that gorgeous tune in the Adagio of the Third Concerto as well as the Adagio K. 261–are exquisite, and Szulc accompanies just as sensitively. Zimmermann also plays the quick music with a real sense of joy. The simplicity and lack of technical bravura in the Rondeau finale of Concerto No. 4, which can easily turn dull, never sounds facile or rhythmically slack in this interpretation.

In a word, this is Mozart the way Mozart ought to be played, and the program is also very well engineered. I look forward eagerly to the conclusion of this cycle.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 4 in D major, K 218 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin)
Conductor:  Radoslaw Szulc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K 216 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin)
Conductor:  Radoslaw Szulc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in B flat major, K 207 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin)
Conductor:  Radoslaw Szulc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
4.
Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E major, K 261 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin)
Conductor:  Radoslaw Szulc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1776 
5.
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in C major, K 373 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin)
Conductor:  Radoslaw Szulc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1781 

Customer Reviews

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 Terrific September 13, 2015 By Ralph Miller (Vallejo, CA) See All My Reviews "I love getting my money's worth. This disc is crammed with delightful Mozart, briskly played by the orchestra with a lively, energetic soloist in Zimmerman, with whom I was not familiar. I had black disc versions of these concertos recorded in mono by Zino Francescatti, one of my favorites of the past. Zimmerman compares favorably with the great Zino. And the Mozart melodies are of course gorgeous. A winner." Report Abuse
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