[ Chandos / CD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 21 September 2021
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Virtuoso violinist Francesca Dego joins forces with legendary conductor and period performance pioneer Sir Roger Norrington for this recording of Mozart's 3rd and 4th violin concertos - the first time either soloist or conductor have recorded the works. The outstanding musicians of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra provide the accompaniment, with reduced numbers of strings and antiphonal violin seating to replicate the size and seating of the Salzburg court orchestra who gave the premier performances of these works. Norrington's attention to detail and style is enthusiastically embraced by soloist and orchestra resulting in a beautifully fresh and captivating interpretation of these well-known works. Dego completes the album with the violin sonata Op.1 No.4 with her regular recital partner Francesca Leonardi.
"There is a strong sense of collaboration here, illuminated by moments of cherishable musical correspondence between soloist and orchestra…These performances capture the very essence of Mozart's Salzburg style best, setting up, meticulously matching and weaving in and out of the solo line with captivating suppleness and alertness." Five Stars BBC Music Recording of the Month November 2021
"Dego, who has made her name in later, flashier repertoire, matches the orchestra's period sparkle with playing that combines tonal purity, verve and an evident delight in the unexpected." Gramophone
"Pairing the veteran Mozartian Norrington - a pioneer of historical performance practice - with the young Italian-American soloist Dego proves inspiring in what promises to be one of the freshest of recent cycles of the Mozart concertos." Sunday Times
Violin Concerto No. 3, K. 216 - I. Allegro
Violin Concerto No. 3, K. 216 - II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 3, K. 216 - III. Rondeau
Violin Concerto No. 4, K. 218 - I. Allegro
Violin Concerto No. 4, K. 218 - II. Andante Cantabile
Violin Concerto No. 4, K. 218 - III. Rondeau
Violin Sonata, Op.1 No.4, K. 304 - I. Allegro
Violin Sonata, Op.1 No.4, K. 304 - II. Tempo di Menuetto