I enjoyed listening to Julia Fischer’s interpretation of the Mozart violin concertos #3 and 4 today. I found her playing to be light, elegant, and in the right style for the grace of Mozart.
Then I located this recording of music, which was composed much later than at Mozart’s time.
On this CD we get a wonderful combination of Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Opus 26, and also Antonín Dvořák‘s Violin Concerto in A minor, Opus 53.
With excellent support from the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra conducted by David Zinman, the violinist and orchestra are in top form, producing exceptional versions of this well-matched program of Romantic violin concertos.
Fischer’s excellent playing produces a lyrical performance of Dvořák’s under-appreciated 1883 concerto. This concerto has a first movement with it’s hauntingly beautiful themes, which proceeds seamlessly into the gorgeous second movement.
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.
Here is Julia FISCHER playing the Dvorak violin concerto (audio):
And next, here is Julia Fischer in Saint Saens’ Concerto N° 3 in B Minor Op 61:
I began this post by writing about Julia Fischer’s playing of Mozart. So let me end with the music of Mozart:
Here is Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4, K218—played by Julia Fischer:
What terrific playing of Mozart!
Tags: Julia Fischer, Dvorak, Bruch, Mozart, violin concertos