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Mozart: Violin Concertos No 4 & 5, Etc / Oistrakh, Berlin Po


Release Date: 08/13/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 74744   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 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

My review of the first of the EMI "encore" pair of discs encompassing David Oistrakh's incomparable performances of Mozart's Violin Concertos can be accessed by typing Q5549 in Search Reviews. My comments there are equally applicable to this entry, which includes the last two concertos, universally regarded as the best of the quintet (Mozart, who wrote them for his own performances, preferred the Fourth). Oistrakh's tone was bigger and rounder than most of his contemporaries, but don't tag him with a "fat and slow" label. His artful use of vibrato often put an edge on the tone, and he played with unique intensity. These 1971 Berlin recordings sometimes have been criticized as being too thick and their tempos a shade too Read more slow. I don't agree. Unless you're wedded to today's leaner style of Mozart performance, the reduced Berlin Philharmonic here is perfectly acceptable and the timings for each movement are comparable to most of its disc competitors.


Outer movements have sufficient sparkle and zest, but in these two concertos it's the Adagios that make the most impact, spun by Oistrakh with grace, sensuality, and passion. The Adagio of the Fifth is downright ethereal in Oistrakh's rarified playing, ravishing in tone and with trills that linger in the mind long after the music has moved on. The fillers add up to a substantial bonus. The Rondo Concertante and the Adagio were written for Gaetano Brunetti, whose deficient taste led him to demand that Mozart supply him with alternate movements for the finale of the First concerto and, amazingly, for the great Adagio of the Fifth. The Rondo K. 373 dates from 1781 and was probably written as an encore for Brunetti. It's a lovely work that someone at EMI must especially like since it's also used as the filler on the first of this pair of Oistrakh's Mozart concerto discs. Was someone asleep at the switch? The original LP box also included the great Sinfonia concertante, now found on another "encore" issue paired with the Oistrakh/Klemperer Brahms Concerto. Missing though, is the Concertone in C K. 190, which hopefully will turn up on a future release.
--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 4 in D major, K 218 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  David Oistrakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775 
Date of Recording: 11/1970 
Venue:  Zehlendorfer Gemeindehaus, Berlin 
Length: 25 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  David Oistrakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1775 
Date of Recording: 11/1970 
Venue:  Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 30 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in B flat major, K 269 (261a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  David Oistrakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1971 
Venue:  Zehlendorfer Gemeindehaus, Berlin 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E major, K 261 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  David Oistrakh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1776 
Date of Recording: 09/1971 
Venue:  Zehlendorfer Gemeindehaus, Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 12 Secs. 
5.
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: 09/1971 
Venue:  Zehlendorfer Gemeindehaus, Berlin 
Length: 6 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D K218 (cadenzas by Ferdinand David): I. Allegro
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D K218 (cadenzas by Ferdinand David): II. Andante cantabile
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D K218 (cadenzas by Ferdinand David): III. Rondeau (Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo)
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A 'Turkish' K219 (cadenzas by Joseph Joachim): I. Allegro aperto
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A 'Turkish' K219 (cadenzas by Joseph Joachim): II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A 'Turkish' K219 (cadenzas by Joseph Joachim): III. Rondeau (Tempo di menuetto - Allegro)
Rondo for violin and orchestra in B flat K269/261a
Rondo for violin and orchestra in C K373
Adagio for violin and orchestra in E K261

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
  What A Spectacular Recording!! September 1, 2012 By Richard F. Buckley (Jefferson Hills, PA) See All My Reviews "Wow! I'm overwhelmed! This CD features not only two of the greatest violin concertos ever written, but they are played by perhaps the greatest violinist of the past 100 years! Many moons ago, when I was knee high to a grasshopper, I acquired a vinyl LP of David Oistrach playing something - I've long since forgotten what, but his virtuosity impressed me deeply. When I saw this CD, I decided immediately to purchase it just to see if my memory was correct, and to see how he measures up to the current violin icons, like Perlman and Bell, for instance. I was far from disappointed! David Oistrach plays with more passion and feeling than any fiddler that I know, before or after him. To make it all the more irreplaceable, the geniuses at EMI have chosen Mozart's 4th and 5th Concertos to grace this recording. It almost goes without saying that they have selected two of the finest pieces of music ever written. How they can offer these masterpieces at this ridiculous price baffles me. Thank God for small miracles. Get this CD while you can! You'll be glad you did." Report Abuse
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