When I first heard Julia Fischer performing one of the Mozart Violin concerti, I was driving somewhere, and one of my favorite classical radio stations played her recording on the car radio. It immediately got my attention because I noticed the amazing musical feelings that went into the performance: Nothing like I had recently heard before. Beautiful! Later I found out who was making these delightful sounds…
Violinist Julia Fischer was born in Munich in 1983 and began learning the piano from her mother at the age of three. Soon she took up the violin as well and, following three years of studies at the Leopold Mozart Conservatory in Augsburg, she became a pupil of the renowned violin pedagogue Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Musikhochschule. In 1995, only eleven, she won the Yehudi Menuhin International competition.
Julia is a very talented and exciting violinist. On this collection of CD’s she is supported with a sensitive accompaniment by Yakov Kreizberg and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. And the sound is exemplary. The orchestral sound is transparent — one can hear everything — and yet the soloist still stands out. Fischer’s use of a variety of tone colors and vibrato are outstanding. Her management of dynamics is extremely subtle and rewarding.
(I just learned yesterday that Mr. Kreizberg died on March 15th. I extend my deep condolences to his family and his many friends and associates.)
This 4-disk album seems to be a re-release of earlier single CD’s with the addition of a DVD which shows two pieces being rehearsed. The fourth CD was great fun for me to see, even though one does not get to see any actual performance adjustments, comments by the conductor, etc. The viewer many enjoy the *video* and audio, in as much as the other three CD’s are only audio. We see Ms. Fischer as she winces a few times when the accompanying viola soloist in the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante produces a sound that is slightly off.
On CD 1:
1. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
2. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
3. Adagio for violin & orchestra in E major, K. 261
4. Rondo for violin & orchestra in B flat major, K. 269 (K. 261a)
On CD-2 we get:
• Violin Concerti 1,2, and 5
• Sinfonia Concertante and two shorter pieces, all by Mozart
Here’s she is in the Mozart concerto #4, K. 218
And here’s a video of Julia Fischer performing the conclusion of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto:
Tags: Julia Fischer, violinist, Mozart, Yacov Kreizberg