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Gidon Kremer is a most musicianly violinist with reliable technique and a lovely tone quality, as does Kim Kashkashian. The result is a most enjoyable performance.
Gidon Kremer is a most musicianly violinist with unobtrusively reliable technique and a lovely tone quality which doubtless owes much to his instrument. It would be unreasonable to expect Kim Kashkashian (a new name to me) to have quite such assured control over her bowing, but she too has admirable musicianship and technique, and a lovely instrument. The result is a most enjoyable performance. Harnoncourt gets some good clean playing from the orchestra and is not averse to a few baroque conventions; for instance, he double-dots bar 2 and similar bars
elsewhere. But he allows the occasional inconsistency where his soloists' appoggiaturas are concerned; which need worry no one. The B flat Violin Concerto usually receives less praise than the others but in this performance it sounds a lovely work. The high horn parts in the first four bars are pleasingly robust, and it is a pity that Mozart never allows the players to let rip again. In passing, let me say that Kremer is already recording the other Mozarts.
-- Gramophone [12/1984]
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Violin no 1 in B flat major, K 207 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria
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