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Philips 50 - Mozart: The Violin Concertos / Grumiaux, Et Al


Release Date: 04/23/2001 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 464722   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Arthur GrumiauxClara Haskil
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 33 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Arthur Grumiaux's Mozart performances glowed, but his interpretations were always free of artifice and affectation, making his survey of the five violin concertos (it's seldom been out of the catalog) a prime contender even now. Of particular interest is the G major concerto K. 216, where Grumiaux pays tribute to one of the greatest representatives of the Franco-Belgian school (to which he belonged) by performing cadenzas by Ysayë, a welcome change from the customary Joachim or Sam Franko (Perlman's choice) alternatives. In the other concertos the cadenzas are either by Grumiaux himself, or Joachim, but in all respects these performances are outstandingly refined and beautiful. Their high quality is exemplified by the effortlessly Read more graceful transition achieved in the sometimes unforgiving finale of K. 218. It's one of many passages that sort out the leaders from the also-rans, and with Grumiaux everything is perfectly balanced and controlled, so the shift from Andante to Allegro seems completely natural. In another example, there's tremendous sweep and power, but no loss of Classical poise in the much broader opening movement of Concerto No. 5 K. 219.


If there's a downside, it would be that the accompaniments by Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra haven't the neatness of ensemble among the strings nor the warmly idiomatic oboe, bassoon, and horn sonorities of the scaled-down Vienna Philharmonic under Levine for Perlman on DG. Perlman's readings are plainer than Grumiaux's (although tonally beautiful); there's neither the fastidious clarity (a prime attribute of Franco-Belgian violinists) in outer movements nor the immaculately groomed elegance of phrasing in slow movements. Perlman's DG set included the Rondos as fillers, but Philips offers the more substantial and engrossing choice of two complete sonata performances (K. 454 in B-flat and K. 526 in A) from Grumiaux and Clara Haskil, recorded in 1956. Despite the above-mentioned concerns over the LSO's playing in the concertos, Grumiaux's Mozart cycle remains largely unchallenged, and Philips' latest digital transfers sound exquisite.
--MIchael Jameson, 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:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1962 
Length: 18 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in D major, K 211 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1964 
Length: 18 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K 216 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1961 
Length: 21 Minutes 53 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Violin no 4 in D major, K 218 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1962 
Length: 22 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1775 
Date of Recording: 11/1961 
Length: 27 Minutes 8 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat major, K 454 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Clara Haskil (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1956 
Length: 21 Minutes 49 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, K 526 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clara Haskil (Piano), Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1956 
Length: 21 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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