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Reviews: Mozart: Violin Concertos - Fischer/Kreizberg

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Reviews: 5

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Review by GBL2001 May 10, 2006 (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
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This version can compete with my favorite Arthur Grumiaux one with the plus of the SACD sound
Very nice

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Review by sunnydaler October 5, 2007 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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After being fascinated by her Bach and Tchaikovsky recording, I bought this one. Fischer/Kreizberg managed it again.
I must confess that I was not satisfied with the recording venue(church)'s reverbrant sound but it grew on me. Every parts are given the same treatment. The soloist is not high in the mix and especially, woodwinds which were often embedded in the shades of strings on historical recordings sound vibrant. Listen to 3:35 in the 2nd movement to concerto no. 4. The soloist plays the same melody on E and then on G string. This contrasted sound is quite moving.
These young Mozart compositions are full of life and youth. They are more about taste and musicality than technique. The soloist should play as if s/he is part of the orchestra. The soloist and the orchestra share a lot of melody and that's a quite different thing from much violin dominated ones of 19C. Fischer's singing, colorful playing quite suits well to these pieces. The performance give me a impression of spring. Bright, lively, warm and so on.
5 stars for performance and 4 stars for sound. I deducted one star because I suppose PentaTone can do a better job than this.

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Review by threerandot April 10, 2008 (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
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Julia Fischer plays with sensitivity and mastery in this recording of Mozart's Violin Concertos in G and D, plus two equally enjoyable fill-ups!

The Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 opens with a light and airy Allegro, followed by the tender and passionate Adagio. Just listen to those strings and winds! The Concerto closes with the bouncy Rondeau.

Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 also opens with an Allegro which seems to present some technical challenges which the soloist is more than capable of handling. Listen for horns and winds underscoring the action. The Andante cantabile is just like an opera aria, filled with sweet longing. The concerto closes with a jubillant Rondeau.

The Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, K.261 is the first of two movements that Mozart used as substitutes in his concertos at different times. Julia's tone sings with a sweet and tender passion and this really shows how much Mozart wanted his concertos to have the qualities of opera arias.

The Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in B flat, K.269 closes the disc with light and bouncy rhythms. I think I can hear more of Haydn's influence on Mozart here than in the rest of the disc.

Ms. Fischer has always had a light, singing tone and this is to the advantage in this collection of works for violin by Mozart. Filled with grace and good humor, this is another great Pentatone release for Julia Fischer and Yakov Kreizberg. The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra are a wonderful group of players and their contribution should not go unnoticed.

Although the recording venue may seem a little large at first for these works, it soon becomes apparent that the open acoustic actually seems to enhance the intimacy of these performances. I might appreciate a slight more warmth around the sound, but this is a quibble when these works are played so beautifully. Highly recommended.

(This review refers to the Multichannel portion of this disc.)

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