Refreshing and stylish performances of these three Violin Concertos with Andrew Manze...
Andrew McGregor 2006
It's Mozart's 250th birthday as I write this on the 27th January 2006, and already there are several new recordings of his violin concertos to assess, but I doubt very much that we'll hear any as interesting and as downright refreshing as these performances from Andrew Manze and the English Concert.
Stylish too, in the sense that the romantic varnish we're so used to hearing is stripped away to reveal the original glowing more brightly, communicating with more immediacy. It's as though we've been being held at arm's length, and now suddenly Mozart reaches out and embraces us.
Manze is a natural improviser, and his instinctive ornamentation and his own cadenzas are surely closer to the tradition Mozart himself understood, and I've never heard the so-called Turkish finale of the A major Concerto played with such an irresistibly earthy passion: downright percussive at times.
If you're looking for romantic warmth and lustrous tonal beauty, move on...but if you're looking for Mozart, you may just have found him here.
Like This? Try These:
Mozart: Violin Concertos (Viktoria Mullova)
Corelli: Violin Sonatas (Andrew Manze)
Mozart: Piano Concertos (Alfred Brendel)