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Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos 3, 4 & 5 / Kraggerud, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Mozart,W. / Kraggerud,Henning
Release Date: 06/10/2016 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573513   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Henning Kraggerud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Mozart wrote his Violin Concertos in 1775 while still living in his home town of Salzburg and in service to Prince-Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo. Mozart had already toured internationally and found his parochial environment restricting, but as ever he rose above circumstances to create sublime and thrillingly unconventional masterpieces filled with wit and elegant charm. The finely sustained melodic expression of each concerto’s slow center provides the perfect foil for inventive sparkle in outer movements that include a cheeky reference to the opera Il
Read more re pastore in K.216 to an exotic ‘Turkish’ moment in the finale of K. 219.

Reviews:

In the Fourth Concerto, there’s a lovely singing character to the central Andante, Kraggerud producing a variety of tone which matches the changing intensity of the line. Here, as in all the concertos, he plays his own cadenzas, which are stylish in the best sense, and show off his technique.

– BBC Music Magazine

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra has something of a reputation for working harmoniously with guest soloist-directors, not least among them Leif Ove Andsnes in concertos by Mozart and Haydn. Their strength lies in the collaborative approach dictated by their modest dimensions and conductorless set-up. Those discs with Andsnes were conspicuously successful, both artistically and critically, and this new project with Henning Kraggerud is no less winning. While these are brisk, no-nonsense performances after the contemporary fashion, the thinking that underpins their shaping right from the very beginning makes these readings of the Third, Fourth and Fifth concertos worth returning to.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Henning Kraggerud (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1775 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 4 in D major, K 218 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Henning Kraggerud (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K 216 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Henning Kraggerud (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 

Featured Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219 "Turkish": I. Allegro aperto

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