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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The five Mozart violin concertos all date from the composer's late teens in Salzburg, and indeed Grove dates them all as belonging together as a group written during 1775. However, according to Robert Dearling's booklet note with this issue, this first of them was actually written a couple of years earlier. The designated soloist was Antonio Brunetti of the Salzburg court orchestra, and though the composer apparently thought him ''coarse and ill-bred'' he took enough trouble here to give him music of some character. In fact, this First Concerto is less striking than its successors, but in a performance such as this even its more conventional gestures come to effective life, for Anne-Sophie Mutter plays it with vigour and conviction. She
colours the Allegro moderato first movement enough in tonal and rhythmic flexibility to avoid any sense of routine but not to the extent that it is over-projected, though once or twice I do wonder whether, in her wish to lend an Italianate bravura to the solo part as a whole, she comes close to this—for example in the cadenzas to all three movements, where she has a free hand and rather lets herself go. I wonder, too, if Mozart expected or wanted Brunetti to take the finale so briskly, even with his marking of Presto. However, I should not grudge my praise for this sweet-toned and characterful performance. Sir Neville Marriner and his Academy of St Martin in the Fields provide Mutter with a warm yet poised support, special praise being earned by the horns. Mozart wrote the Adagio in E major, K261 as an alternative and somewhat shorter slow movement for the A major Concerto, No. 5, and this is a delightful piece that here receives an affectionate performance.
The Sinfonia concertante, K364 is, of course, a more mature work and one whose beauty goes deeper. The violist Bruno Giuranna, who joins Mutter here, is no stranger to the work, having recorded it before and indeed directed it for Claves. He proves a good partner in that his rich yet vigorous tone matches the violinist's, and certainly there is much to satisfy here. The present recording was made last June in Studio No. 1 at Abbey Road, and is richly toned but not overly so.
-- Christopher Headington, Gramophone [1/1992]
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Violin no 1 in B flat major, K 207 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Sir Neville Marriner
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria
Violin Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Major, K.207: I. [Allegro moderato]
Violin Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Major, K.207: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Major, K.207: III. Presto
Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, K.261
Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat, K.364: I. Allegro maestoso
Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat Major, K. 364: II. Andante: Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat Major, K. 364: II. Andante
Sinfonia concertante in E flat K364/320d: III. Presto
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