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Mozart: Violin Concertos
At the ripe old age of 19 Mozart wrote five violin concertos, and they represent his coming of age as a composer of orchestral music. From here on, it's basically one masterpiece after another. Though not difficult works, ... more »
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At the ripe old age of 19 Mozart wrote five violin concertos, and they represent his coming of age as a composer of orchestral music. From here on, it's basically one masterpiece after another. Though not difficult works, technically speaking, they partake in full measure of Mozart's uniquely sensual brand of melody. That means that successful performances must know how to spin out a singing musical line, while at the same time making the most of the rare opportunities for soloistic display. Taste and musicianship are more important qualities than virtuosity, and that makes these pieces ideal vehicles for Arthur Grumiaux's aristocratic temperament and technical polish. --David Hurwitz
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Mike Powers | Woolwich, ME USA | 05/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This outstanding Philips Duo compilation is a tremendous bargain for Mozart lovers. It contains all five of Mozart's violin concertos, and, in addition, his Adagio for Violin and Orchestra (K. 261), Rondo for Violin and Orchestra (K. 373), and Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, (K. 364.) The violin concertos are played by violinist Arthur Grumiaux and the London Symphony Orchestra with breathtaking beauty and an almost perfect classical simplicity and restraint, and convey a sense of Mozartean elegance, virtuosity and passion. Grumiaux teams with the Raymond Leppard and the New Philharmonia Orchestra for the Adagio, Rondo and Sinfonia Concertante (with Arrigo Pellica playing the viola.) The musical results are no less outstanding. Also worth mentioning are the liner notes, which combine an excellent historical overview of the compositions with superb musical commentary. They are among the best I've ever found accompanying a classical CD. This 2-CD set is an absolute winner. It belongs in every classical music lover's collection."
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PARTHO ROY | Tampa, Florida USA | 09/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the complete corpus, minus the Concertone in C, of Mozart's major works for violin and orchestra. Not only will this CD quickly fill that gap in your classical collection, but you will not compromise anything in terms of quality and performance with this all-encompassing CD. Arthur Grumiaux's performance is near-perfect interpretation, combining sensitivity with rousing liveliness, and wit where needed. These are some rather well-noted performances from the 1960s, completely digitally remastered for today's high-tech listener. Personal favorites of mine are the final Rondeaus of Concertos Nos. 2 and 5, and that perennial showpiece, the Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364 (320d) (performed with violist Arrigo Pellicia). Carefully considered performances, executed without a hint of pretension, make this recording the best match for quality, comprehensiveness, and value."
Grumiaux at his finest
Alan Lekan | Boulder, CO | 04/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yet another Philips Mozart DUO that is at the top of the class. Having the legendary Arthur Grumiaux on so many of these Mozart violin collections makes them easy choices. His elegant, refined style and lucious tone (from an amazing 1744 Guanari) were born for Mozart. Just about every major reviewer (Penguin, Gramophone, etc) lists this particular CD in the top two best picks for Mozart's violin concertos, often citing Grumaiux's style as the ideal model for Mozart. The recording sound is exceptional too as is typical for most Philips discs. A superb choice for the violin concertos! A rather unique version of these works come from Baroque specialist, Fabio Biondi (Virgin) which I also liked for different reasons.
An alternative choice would be the intruiguing 5-CD collector's set of Grumiaux's Historic Philips Recordings from 1953-1962 which has these five concertos plus many and some rarer works from Paganini, Mendelssohn, Faure, Ravel, Debussy, Granados, Sarasate and others. 4/5 discs are in mono but the sound is fine really. If you admire this Belgian legend, then this historic set would probably be very special as it shows Grumiaux at his finest in a beautiful and diverse repertoire."