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Mozart, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos; Schubert / Eschkenazy


Release Date: 04/22/2003 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186001   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartFelix MendelssohnFranz Schubert
Performer:  Vesko Eschkenazy
Conductor:  Marco Boni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

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Pentatone Classics has staked its very young reputation (and its name, literally) on the surround-sound medium, so its initial releases come with high expectations. In this case, the label has succeeded in every way, producing a multi-channel hybrid SACD that boasts lustrous string sound, weighty but clear bass, and excellent performances of these violin concertos. The surround channels seamlessly integrate with the more dominant front speakers, and while the soloist is located firmly in the center channel, there is enough "leakage" into left and right channels to
Read more broaden the sound. Immediately in the opening measures of the Mozart concerto listeners will hear how dynamic this recording is, from the well-defined basses and cellos to the natural-sounding violins and winds. Of course, it helps that we are dealing with an orchestra whose members occupy chairs in the larger Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the qualities of which are heard repeatedly in the stunning clarity of their unison playing and tonal beauty.

Vesko Eschkenazy, first leader of the Concertgebouw Orchestra itself since 2000, graces these works with his warm, well-rounded tone and holds his own against any of his more famous competitors on disc. He attacks the Mozart with exuberance, the Schubert with poised phrasing (note the way he holds back on the upbeats in the Allegro giusto), and turns the "other" Mendelssohn into a work whose relative neglect should be called into question. Conductor Marco Boni provides bouncy accompaniment, keeps the action moving, and achieves nice balances in the orchestra. An auspicious start for this new label. [5/31/2003]

– Michael Liebowitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vesko Eschkenazy (Violin)
Conductor:  Marco Boni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1775 
Notes: Cadenza: Joseph Joachim 
2.
Concerto for Violin in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Vesko Eschkenazy (Violin)
Conductor:  Marco Boni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Germany 
3.
Rondo for Violin and Strings in A major, D 438 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vesko Eschkenazy (Violin)
Conductor:  Marco Boni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219, "Turkish": I. Allegro aperto
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219, "Turkish": II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219, "Turkish": III. Rondeau (Tempo di menuetto)
Rondo in A major, D. 438: Adagio - Allegro giusto
Violin Concerto in D minor: I. Allegro molto
Violin Concerto in D minor: II. Andante
Violin Concerto in D minor: III. Allegro

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