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Mozart: Violin Concertos, Sinfonia concertante / Abbado, Carmignola, Waskiewicz, et al

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Violin no 1 in B flat major, K. 207
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Violin no 2 in D major, K. 211
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K. 216
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Violin no 4 in D major, K. 218
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major ("Turkish") K. 219
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Adagio for Piano in B minor, K 540
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Renowned period-instrument violinist Giuliano Carmignola makes his first Mozart recording, and internationally acclaimed maestro Claudio Abbado records Mozart for the first time on period instruments! Abbado and Carmignola are long-standing collaborators and have performed Mozart together for some time; the album was born out of their feeling that it was time to commit their interpretations to disc. In addition to the five violin concertos, Carmignola teams with violist Danusha Waskiewicz on another audience favorite, the 'Sinfonia concertante'. One of five releases celebrating Claudio Abbado's 75th birthday, this attractively priced two-disc set promises to be one of the most important Mozart recordings of the year.

Sunday Times
In Carmignola, [Abbado] has an ideal soloist, prepared to rethink these delightful works, as well as the great Sinfonia Concertante, with violin and viola solos in the light of scholarly research and reappraisal. The results are little short of revelatory, especially in the concertos' and Sinfonia's fast outer movements. They scamper along at Carmignola's vivacious tempi and provoke dazzling feats of virtuosity from the orchestral accompaniments, which sometimes sound polite. The soloist's tone is bright and sweet (but never saccharine), and Abbado's Bolognese band is already clearly a crack ensemble - the principal viola, Danusha Waskiewicz, brings lustrous tone and bravura to the Sinfonia's second solo part, and it is a long time since I have heard such exhilarating, devil-may-care playing in the famous "Turkish" Rondo of the A major concerto. A marvellous set.

The Times
Carmignola, renowned for his Baroque, is a clean interpreter of Mozart's violin concertos, his sweet-sounding strings flitting in well-matched dialogue with the attentive period detailing of Abbado's young ensemble.

The Guardian
[The conducting is] almost miraculous, with its exuberant, lively tempi, perfectly balanced lighter-than-air textures, and exquisite attention to the smallest details of phrasing and articulation. The sense of the players listening as intently to each other as they do to following Abbado's directions is obvious in every bar... There are a few moments in the violin concertos, and especially in the Sinfonia Concertante, when the music could benefit from a little more room to breathe, though Abbado and his soloists do show that the slow movement of the Sinfonia doesn't need to be taken as an indulgent adagio to weave its magical spell.

BBC Music Magazine
Complete technical fluidity, at the service of a lively musical imagination, backed up by some superbly shaped orchestral playing under Abbado.

Gramophone Magazine
Mozart-conducting and interpretation are in the realms of greatness.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Virtuoso 'violinism' and energising direction notwithstanding, neither Giuliano Carmignola nor Claudio Abbado seems inspired by the B flat Concerto, K207. Nor does slick dispatch do much for the first movement of the D major, K211; but this is not the shape of things to come.

Carmignola steps away from neutrality in the succeeding Andante. The music breathes a life of its own as he ardently inflects its phrases to shape the tension and relaxation of his line which - as elsewhere - he also embellishes. And pauses are decorated with lead-ins. Here is personal involvement that from now on is present in full flower.

It's a flowering for Abbado too, as he summons a passionate advocacy that takes in the implications of key and time signatures on atmosphere and pacing, uses dynamic markings and intuitive accents to keep rhythm aloft, adjusts the timbres of the wind instruments (oboes are vivid or subdued, horns play in alto or basso) to suit the colouration he requires, and aerates the orchestral fabric for maximum clarity. Conducting and interpretation are in the realms of greatness - and no mistake.

In the solo concertos, Carmignola is recorded with varying but small changes of volume. His positioning is steadier in the Sinfonia concertante; and so is his placement with the artistic, if slightly reticent, Danusha Waskiewicz. Nevertheless, their skilled dovetailing and intelligent use of tone colour speak of symbiosis. Abbado remains primus inter pares, watchful, supportive and fortifying. Pity the sound isn't always clear and detailed. Superlative music making deserves consistently superlative recording.



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Violin no 1 in B flat major, K. 207
  • Performer: Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Notes: Composition written: 1775.
  • Running Time: 19 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Violin no 2 in D major, K. 211
  • Performer: Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Notes: Composition written: 1775.
  • Running Time: 17 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K. 216
  • Performer: Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Running Time: 19 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Violin no 4 in D major, K. 218
  • Performer: Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Running Time: 19 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major ("Turkish") K. 219
  • Performer: Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Running Time: 23 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Adagio for Piano in B minor, K 540
  • Performers: Danusha Waskiewicz (Viola); Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Running Time: 27 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1779