I admire the musical voice of violinist Isabelle Faust. And now her new CD was just launched which features the five. Violin concerti and some shorter pieces by Mozart.
Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos
Violin Concertos Nos. 1-5 (Complete)
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in B flat, K269
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C, K373
Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, K261
Performed by Isabelle Faust (violin), with Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini, conductor.
The five Mozart concertos for violin were all composed before the age of 19! Mozart was not even 15 years old when he began composing violin concertos that would serve as a backdrop at various Salzburg musical events.
An amazing drive for independence would however lead the young Konzertmeister to challenge existing musical forms, innovate with genres, humour and frivolity, all of which can be heard in this delightful first collaboration between Isabelle Faust and the musicians of Il Giardino Armonico.
The Guardian wrote last month:
“Antonini conducts, but the music seems to be led from everywhere. Meanwhile, Faust’s touch is light, finespun, pristine – often her bow hardly glosses the strings, but there’s proper robustness to balance in the chunky, sparky cadenzas”.
Here is Ms. Faust in the violin concerto number 4 by Mozart: