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Julia Fischer - The Mozart Violin Concertos Box set, CD+DVD, Colour, DVD Audio, Hybrid SACD, SACD

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  • Composer: Mozart
  • Audio CD (21 Mar. 2011)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD, Colour, DVD Audio, Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Pentatone
  • ASIN: B004DIPKZ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Violin Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Major, K207
  2. Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K211
  3. Violin Concerto No. 5 in a Major, K219

Disc: 2

  1. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K216
  2. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K218
  3. Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E Major, K261
  4. Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in B Flat Major, K269

Disc: 3

  1. Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E Flat Major, K364
  2. Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C Major, K373
  3. Concertone for 2 Violins and Orchestra in C Major, K190

Product Description

Product Description

Fischer/Kreizberg/Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Review

This highly collectable boxed set assembles all the works which Mozart composed for violin and orchestra, performed by the much-acclaimed violinist Julia Fischer in impeccable readings. The set includes 3 SACDs along with an added DVD which includes previously unreleased video footage of the Mozart recording sessions. --Barry Forshaw's CD Choice

All of these Mozart recordings featuring the remarkable young violinist Julia Fischer have been favorably reviewed on this site and elsewhere. Now Pentatone is issuing them in this boxed set that also includes a DVD of excerpts from recording sessions for Violin Concerto No. 2 and the Sinfonia Concertante. a delight to watch and it also gives us the opportunity to observe Yakov Kreizberg, who died of cancer recently at the age of 51, the estranged brother of Smyon Bychkov. Kreizberg made a number of recordings for Pentatone, and he will be missed. The set's booklet is a part of the packaging making it rather difficult to use. It is a pleasure to watch the graceful young violinist at work you also can see her in a remarkable concert on DVD in which she gives sterling performances of Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto and the Grieg Piano Concerto, a remarkable display of double virtuosity (REVIEW). If you don't already have Fischer's Mozart recordings, here's your opportunity to acquire them at about half of the price of original issues. --classicalcdreview.com

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Julia Fischer did it again! It is always A pleasure to listen to recordings were Julia Fischer plays! I Can recommend this recordings!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All Your Mozart for Violin & Orchestra in One Place 25 Mar. 2011
By J. F. Laurson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
From Classical WETA 90.9 @ [...]

What was supposed to be a paean to Julia Fischer's recording of Mozart's Violin Concertos, must turn into a tribute to her musical collaborator in these recordings, the American conductor Yakov Kreizberg. Yakov Kreizberg né Bychkov, born in Leningrad on October 24th, 1959, died on March 15th, only 51 years old. Outwardly the very model of the energetic, charismatic, virile maestro, he had fought the cancer--to which he now succumbed--for years.

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Since Julia Fischer's recordings came out between in 2005 and 2007 [the recording dates *are* noted in the booklet, contrary to the claims of the review below {or above}] they have been somewhere near the top of my Mozart heap--amid big name competition from Shlomo Mintz (Avie), Anne-Sophie Mutter (DG), Leonidas Kavakos (Sony), and quite recently Thomas Zehetmair (Glossa).

Julia Fischer's approach is clean but not skimpy, fleet but not hasty, beautiful and warm but not thickly put on. A modern take on a traditional way of playing Mozart with a nod, but not subscribing to, `historically informed performance practice'. Leonidas Kavakos who leads and plays with the Salzburg Camerata makes the concertos sound a little lighter and tauter than Fischer and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, lead by Kreizberg, or the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century (under Zehetmair and Frans Brüggen). The direct, dryer acoustic on the Sony recording adds to that. Kavakos steely-yet-light tone makes him more a first violinist among his players whereas Fischer is distinctly a soloist. PentaTone's sound quality has been impeccable in all of Fischer's recordings and gives the Dutch orchestra plenty space.

Mme. Mutter's recording, meanwhile, has ego written all over it and occasionally sounds like a wild cat thrown into from a trapdoor above, claws ready. A kitten with attitude in almost every note, but it turns out to be one of the more curiously successful recordings, partly because it's not as darn conventional as so much other Mozart... including Fischer's. Mintz has a more sweetly vigorous approach and like Fischer is more prone to let the natural beauty of the music speak for itself, but he can't match the technical prowess of Fischer or Mutter.

The over-all excellence of Thomas Zehetmair's bona-fide "HIP" recording can't mask my disappointment that the result isn't better than it is. I had hoped for something extraordinarily fresh; in-your-face Mozart even. Something along the lines of what Andrew Manze achieved with his 2006 Mozart concerto recording. What we get is loveliness and refinement and elegance in good, never ostentatious measure. But the bite and exuberance that has made the same combination of artists' Beethoven Concerto recording my absolute favorite (Best of 2010) is missing. Not that Fischer & Kreizberg offer that, but then that's nothing I ever expected from their blend of the pristine with sheer beauty--and for civilized loveliness alone the latter's is the preferred choice. Interestingly it is the Kreizberg/Fischer recording, not Zehetmair's that recorded the first two concertos with the harpsichord (Pieter-Jan Belder)... which suits these post-baroque-ish works very well.

Great sound. Great playing. And just a tiny, tiny bit on the boring side.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars somewhat overblown 4 May 2011
By Richard Steiger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Having thoroughly enjoyed Julia Fischer's performances of the Tchaikovsky and Brahms concertos I was really looking forward to this set, and I have to say I'm mildly disappointed. Not that it's a bad set, and Fischer plays as well as ever. But the sound, at least in stereo SACD, is terribly reverberant, making the orchestra seem overblown and a bit clumsy. There's another problem also: the excessive highlighting of the winds. Now I love woodwinds and certainly want to hear them clearly, but here they tend to swamp the strings whenever they appear. When they play a passage along with the strings, you can pretty much forget about the latter. My greatest disappointment came with the greatest work in this set, the Sinfonia Concertante. The soloists, the violist in particular (who sounds rather hard-pressed anyway) are hard to hear. They're also very far apart, so that their instruments rarely blend. For comparison I turned to two older performances. I found the Oistrakhs (David on the viola and his son Igor on the violin) a little too close up, and David's playing a little overbearing, but the performance was still much more enjoyable than this one. Then I turned to the classic Grumiaux/Pellicia/Davis peformance (philips), and everything was perfect: superb balance between soloists and oprchestra, elegant and spirited readings from all concerned. That set, which includes all the Mozart violin concertos as well) is still available at a fraction of the cost of this one. It sounds better and the performances are far superior. My advice: skip this set and go for that one. But don't ignore Fischer's wonderful Tchaikovsky and Brahms.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mozart and the violin 3 Aug. 2013
By Ana Paula A. Silva - Published on Amazon.com
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W.A. Mozart - The Violin Concertos; Julia Fischer, violin; Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord (KV 207 & 211); Gordan Nikolic, violin (KV 190) and viola (KV 364); Netherlands Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yakov Kreizberg; Pentatone Classics.

This 3-CD box is really complete comprising all (complete) concertante works for violin by Mozart: five violin concertos, one adagio for violin and orchestra, two rondos for violin and orchestra, one concertone for two violins and orchestra and one sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra.

Since it's a recent recording (2011), the sound quality is great. The performances of both Fischer and Kreizberg provoke mixed feelings. If you are looking for surprise and boldness, don't buy this box because the performances here are very orthodox, very well-behaved. If you are looking for a standard recording, historically informed and in accordance with the score, it seems to be the best option at present.

Tiago Arruda.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The brilliant Julia Fischer 18 Nov. 2012
By DR Peter E Watkins - Published on Amazon.com
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Julia Fischer is one of the special young virtuoso violinists recording at the moment. Another is Janine Jansen. Julia Fischer has recorded Super discs on the Pentatone label. However she has now moved to the Decca label. any of her discs can be recommended.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Outstanding Violinist 12 Mar. 2016
By Capt Bob - Published on Amazon.com
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Julia Fischer studied - at least for a time - with Yehudi Menuhin. And in these recordings (if you choose to to a side-by-side comparison) she outshines her erstwhile teacher & mentor in these works - at least in sheer technical proficiency. One could quibble, here and there, about phrasing, tempos, dynamics, etc, etc. But, after all is said and done, Julia Fischer does a better job than most others in these same Mozart works. She is a truly outstanding violinist - Brava Julia! (BTW, this is a review coming from an amateur violinist who's struggled with these same works for countless years.)
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