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Mozart: The Violin Concertos; Sinfonia Concertante [CD]

Giuliano Carmignola, Claudio Abbado Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 July 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B001641ZFS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 1. Allegro moderato
2. 2. Adagio
3. 3. Presto
4. 1. Allegro moderato
5. 2. Andante
6. 3. Rondeau (Allegro)
7. 1. Allegro
8. 2. Adagio
9. 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Disc: 2
1. 1. Allegro
2. 2. Andante cantabile
3. 3. Rondeau (Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo)
4. 1. Allegro aperto
5. 2. Adagio
6. 3. Rondeau (Tempo di minuetto)
7. 1. Allegro maestoso - Giuliano Carmignola, Danusha Waskiewicz, Orchestra Mozart, Claudio Abbado
8. 2. Andante - Giuliano Carmignola, Danusha Waskiewicz, Orchestra Mozart, Claudio Abbado
9. 3. Presto - Giuliano Carmignola, Danusha Waskiewicz, Orchestra Mozart, Claudio Abbado

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2CD Giuliano Carmignola//Claudio Abbado

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating Mozart 22 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is an utterly engaging account of Mozart's Violin Concertos and Sinfonia Concertante.

The care with which Abbado and Carmignola have approached this project is everywhere in evidence. Carmignola's love and respect for these concertos is apparent in the way he speaks about them in the liner notes. He has lived with these pieces for many years; consequently there is a maturity to his interpretation, yet, coupled with the ever-youthful Abbado, there remains a freshness and spontaneity. His tone is warm and clean, with a considered approach to vibrato. Franco Gulli's (one of Carmignola's teachers) cadenzas, used in most of the concertos, are pleasingly restrained and seem so naturally matched to the music that one would assume they were Mozart's own.

The orchestral accompaniments have been criticised in another review. I can't understand why. The articulation, by turns staccato and legato, comes straight from the score and is woven into a perfectly balanced whole by Abbado, whose Orchestra Mozart is exceptionally responsive as the accompanying partner. The result is beautiful phrases; the orchestra never plays just notes, as some do, but always phrases. This is what music should sound like! The recording is superbly balanced and richly detailed. For another example of just how good music can sound, I suggest Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 29, 33, 35 "Haffner", 38 "Prague", 41 "Jupiter" - further evidence of Abbado's commitment to Mozart, and another showcase for his newest orchestra.

The other thing to mention is speed.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars these deserve better ratings 18 Sep 2010
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To quote a previous reviewer, these are 'chirpy, sunny renditions' of concertos which Mozart wrote as a rambunctious teenager. While others prefer more 'gravity' for this music (why?) I think less gravity is perfect and refreshing. Five stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gli amici ritrovati 7 Nov 2009
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Giuliano Carmignola e Claudio Abbado si erano conosciuti a Mosca nel 1974. Dopo oltre trenta anni si ritrovano intorno a un progetto che prende nome: l'Orchestra Mozart. Sono due grandi musicisti che hanno seguito strade diverse. Giuliano Carmignola è diventato un affermato violinista barocco, un raffinato virtuoso che è forse il maggiore interprete del repertorio sei-settecentesco e in particolare vivaldiano in Italia. Claudio Abbado, convertitosi in tempi recenti a un approccio di tipo filologico, è un direttore che dimostra intelligenza e duttilità, al di fuori di schemi dogmatici. Con l'Orchestra Mozart sta dando prove veramente convicenti. Sia che usi strumenti moderni (come nel caso di alcune sinfonie mozartiane registrate in un doppio cd della Archiv) sia che opti per strumenti d'epoca e archi con corde in budello (come in questo caso), mostra sempre freschezza, eleganza, leggiadria, chiarezza di fraseggio, meticolosa cura del suono. Non fa eccezione questo cd davvero eccezionale. I cinque concerti per violino e la sinfonia concertante per violino e viola di Mozart li ho ascoltati come mai in passato. Una registrazione bellissima, da ascoltare e riascoltare.
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8 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Less Haste More Speed 19 Dec 2008
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I generally prefer 'period performances,' Rachel Podger's Mozart violin sonatas for instance, and so I have long been looking for a good 'gut string' version of Mozarts violin concertos. Monica Huggett's 'early music' version (Virgin Records) was lush and expansive, but rather anodyne. Who better, I thought, to put some excitement into these old warhorses than Carmignola? After two thorough listenings I must answer this question with both a yes and a no. The recording is clear and the sound generally crisp and vibrant and Carmignola's playing is all that one could ask for. However, as Carmignola happily crows in the liner notes, these are very FAST, up tempo versions. It certainly differs them from their competition, but to what end? The energy is there, but sometimes brisk becomes hurried and in slow movements hurried does not work at all. One gets a feeling that the orchestral director and Carmignola need to catch the last train home and are pushing things a bit. The beauty of these pieces is simply not allowed to breath. I want to like it, but after a second listening I am more frustrated by their interpretation than interested. For example the Adagio of the First concerto comes in at 7'17 rather than the 9'+ of most other recordings. What is the point of the hurry? I think I still prefer Pinchas Zukerman's from the 1980s with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchetra... Now there was gusto WITH beauty.
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