Mozart: Violin Concerto 1, 2, 4, Adagio, Rondo Hybrid SACD
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Completing the cycle of Mozart's violin concertos, begun on BIS-SACD-1754, Richard Tognetti and his Australian Chamber Orchestra offer us the first, second and fourth concerto, along with two shorter works for violin and orchestra: the Adagio in E major and the Rondo in C major. All Mozart's works in this genre were written during a few years quite early in his career and demonstrate very clearly Mozart's tremendous development - the fourth concerto in particular displays the confidence of the composer both in handling his material and in teasing the audience with the narrative he creates. Tognetti writes of his and the orchestra's decision to use gut strings, period wind instruments and a lower than usual pitch, in aim to create a sound which we know Mozart would have recognised... while simply looking at the notes Mozart wrote down, and start from there, creating a hybrid hopefully carrying an embodiment of truth.
Mozart's violin concertos, all composed in the same period in his early career, are not the most highly regarded part of his oeuvre, but in the hands of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and their charismatic leader Richard Tognetti, you wonder why. The ensemble s precision and energy make the three on this recording sound more like beefed-up string quartets, with all traces of gentility stripped away. An exhilarating disc.***** --The Daily Telegraph,07/07/11
Especially when experienced in SACD surround sound,it is difficult to imagine a more beguilling set of performances. **** --Classic fm Magazine,Sept'11
The performances are first-rate,and anyone who already has Tognetti's first Mozart instalment will want this one. Performance ***** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine,Oct'11
Bags of style and technique but the music is still allowed to breathe. --Gramophone awards issue '11
Tognetti and the AOC once again demonstrate their enthusiasm and instinctive affinity for historically informed performance practice;there's nothing forced or dogmatic about their playing but instead the music comes across with more sense of engagement and vitality than any other recording Ihave ever heard. IRR OUTSTANDING --IRR,Oct'11
Top Customer Reviews
The playing is technically excellent and Tognetti leads his orchestra with intelligence and feeling. A great deal of thought and scholarship has gone into this, and it sounds as though every single phrase has been carefully considered and analysed for the best approach - and this may be where I have problems with the disc. To me it has a lack of flow and a slightly disjointed feel, as though one can feel them thinking "and now we're going to do *this*" all the time, and although I admire the thought and artistry of this disc, I find the overall effect rather unengaging, I'm afraid.
Perhaps it is just what I am used to, but I far prefer my old and dearly loved recordings by Arthur Grumiaux or Simon Standage's period performances. Plainly many people have enjoyed this very much so I wouldn't like to put anyone off, but it just didn't quite do it for me.