While Mozart was an outstanding pianist, he also played the violin. He composed five concerti for violin and orchestra, and also some shorter violin pieces. For his own pleasure, he loved to play string quartets, and in such groups he preferred to play the viola.
Mozart was born on January 27, 1756, and he was just 35 years old when he died.
On this CD, we hear the works for violin and orchestra, as beautifully played by James Ehnes.
Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos Nos. 1-5
Violin Concertos Nos. 1-5 (Complete)
Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, K261
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in B flat, K269
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C, K373
Performed by James Ehnes (violin), with the Mozart Anniversary Orchestra.
James Ehnes is recognized the world over as one of the great violinists of our time – famous for his brilliant technique as both soloist and chamber musician.
In these recordings of the complete Mozart Violin Concertos , James Ehnes directs a hand-picked orchestra of colleagues who are as meticulous and fine musicians as he is. The cadenzas in all the concertos are by Ehnes himself, who studied the composer’s own cadenzas of the piano concertos–especially Nos 8 & 9 K246 and 271.
Here is James Ehnes, performing the second movement, Adagio, from the Mozart Violin Concerto number 3: