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Mozart: Violin Concertos 1-3 / Oistrakh, Berlin Philharmonic


Release Date: 08/13/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 74743   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Oistrakh
Conductor:  David Oistrakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are plenty of available versions of the Mozart Violin Concertos, but few that can match the recordings David Oistrakh made in Berlin back in 1971. His big, juicy tone is irresistible, as is his flowing legato line and the intensity with which he elevates what sometimes (in unsympathetic performances) can seem like mere juvenilia. The first two of Mozart's concertos for solo violin do display less variety and depth than the later ones, but the 19-year-old was a fast learner, writing all five of them within eight months in 1775.


The early concertos are fetching works, but by the Third we're in different territory: orchestration is more varied and interesting, the violin part more brilliant, and, as Alfred Einstein
Read more wrote, "... there is an Adagio that seems to have fallen straight from heaven." That's how Oistrakh plays it, too, spinning gorgeously tinted, lovingly caressed lines, eliciting an other-worldly orchestral entrance at its start. Here as elsewhere, his playing is alive with subtle rubatos that always seem to intensify the music without breaking the line. Listening to playing at this exalted level, you're always wondering, "how in the world did he do that?"


The brief but strikingly beautiful Rondo in C is the filler, and here we're witness to the way Oistrakh's magic extends to his "conducting"--which means rehearsing the orchestra and cueing the players from his solo position during performance. Although their numbers are far greater than the attenuated Mozart orchestra lineups preferred today, the Berliners play with rhythmic alertness and never sound spongy.


This disc is one of a trio of generously timed (this one's almost 76 minutes) EMI "encore" releases that largely replicates the old Angel LP box of Mozart's concerted works for violin. Those who prefer their Mozart lean and lithe may prefer Pamela Frank's budget-priced set on Arte Nova. I find Arthur Grumiaux's versions on Philips as the only real rival to this set. The Belgian is Oistrakh's less intense, more elegant equal. I wouldn't be without either. [9/7/2002]
--Dan Davis, 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:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  David Oistrakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Venue:  Zehlendorfer Community Center, Berlin 
Length: 22 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in D major, K 211 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  David Oistrakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Venue:  Zehlendorfer Community Center, Berlin 
Length: 20 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K 216 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  David Oistrakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Venue:  Zehlendorfer Community Center, Berlin 
Length: 25 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4.
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in C major, K 373 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  David Oistrakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1781 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Venue:  Zehlendorfer Community Center, Berlin 
Length: 6 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in B flat K207 (1989 Digital Remaster): I. [Allegro moderato]
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in B flat K207 (1989 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in B flat K207 (1989 Digital Remaster): III. Presto
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in D K211 (1989 Digital Remaster): I. [Allegro moderato]
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in D K211 (1989 Digital Remaster): II. [Andante]
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in D K211 (1989 Digital Remaster): III. Rondeau (Allegro)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G K216 (1989 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G K216 (1989 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G K216 (1989 Digital Remaster): III. Rondeau (Allegro - Andante - Allegretto)
Rondo for violin and orchestra in C K373

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