Mozart and Mendelssohn Violin Concertos (2009)

Mozart, Schubert, Mendelsssohn

Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra

Marco Boni

In the year of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birth, 1756, his father Leopold published one of the most influential of all violin methods: The School of Violin Playing. It was therefore hardly surprising that young Wolfgang was taught the violin from an early age – although no one could have predicted his astounding progress. During the 1770s, he made appearances as a violin soloist in several Austro-German musical centres (including Vienna), and following one concert in Munich in 1777, reported proudly to Leopold: “I played as if I were the greatest fiddler in all of Europe.” – Four out of the five authenticated violin concertos by Mozart were composed during an eight-month period between April and December 1775, probably as a means of ingratiating himself with his employer, the Archbishop of Salzburg. Irrepressible energy and good humour is everywhere apparent in the opening Allegro aperto of the so-called “Turkish” Concerto, although contemporary audiences found the intensity of feeling generated by the heartfelt central Adagio so perplexing that Mozart composed a replacement, K. 261, the following year. The rondeau finale, however, was an instant hit, especially the “noisy” third episode composed in the extremely fashion able alla turca style, with cellos and basses instructed to play with the wood of their bows. – Perhaps the single most astonishing aspect of Schubert’s timeless artistry is that he achieved all he did in a lifetime spanning a mere 31 years. Largely undervalued in his day, it was not until the present century that the full scope of Schubert’s genius was finally appreciated. Of the three works he composed for violin and orchestra, the Rondo in A, composed in June 1816 during his first flush of success, is the most popular

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Vesko Eschkenazy

Vesko Eschkenazy has been concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since January 2000, having occupied the same position earlier with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.
Vesko Eschkenazy studied at the National Conservatory in Sofia and with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Among his prizes are those of the Wieniawski Competition in Poland and the Carl Flesch Competition in London.

In 2010 he was voted musician of the year in Bulgaria.  To open the 2010/11 season he gave an open-air concert in his native town Sofia with the Philharmonic orchestra of Sofia for a massive audience.
That season Vesko Eschkenazy was artist in residence at the Bulgaria Hall in Sofia.

He has several times been a soloist with the RCO, as well as with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In June 2014 the concertmaster conducted his own orchestra from the music stand in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Vesko Eschkenazy plays the ex-Adam, ex-Wurlitzer Guarneri del Gesù from 1738, received on loan from a private owner after mediation by the RCO Donors' Foundation.

Photo - Jouk-Oosterhof

Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra

The Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra (Concertgebouw Kamerorkest) was founded in 1987 and consists of members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. Before that time it was called the Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra (Amsterdams Kamerorkest). The ensemble made numerous recordings between 1957 and 1987, conducted by the likes of André Rieu and Anton van der Horst, and it took part in significant national events such as the coronation of Queen Beatrix on 30 April 1980 and the state visit of US President George Bush in 1989.

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Mozart and Mendelssohn Violin Concertos (2009)

Mozart, Schubert, Mendelsssohn

Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra

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This is a very good recording and an excellent performance of lesser known works by these great composers. Eschkenazy plays a Guarneri from 1738, and it sounds absolutely glorious. The Mozart Concerto No. 5 in A, KV 219, is, by turns, lively and sweet, with very nice cadenzas completing the first two movements, while the Mendelssohn Concerto in D-Minor is more classical in character then the famous E-Minor, and was the composer’s first attempt at a violin concerto, written when he was 13. It is a lovely work that has been in the shadows for too long, probably neglected as Romanticism overtook the music world. Beautifully recorded, this is an album to treasure, the Schubert Rondo in A sweet icing on a very tasty musical confection. The sound is excellent, with warmth, depth, and detail.

Andrew Marshall[read full review]

Mozart and Mendelssohn Violin Concertos (2009)

Mozart, Schubert, Mendelsssohn

Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra

Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot
Recording location: MCO Studio 1 Hilversum Holland
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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