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Mozart: Violin Concertos (Complete)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Raymond Leppard , Sir Colin Davis , London Symphony , New Philharmonia , Arrigo Pelliccia , Arthur Grumiaux Audio CD
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listen  1. Mozart: Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat, K.207 - 1. Allegro moderatoLondon Symphony Orchestra 6:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mozart: Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat, K.207 - 2. AdagioLondon Symphony Orchestra 6:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mozart: Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat, K.207 - 3. PrestoLondon Symphony Orchestra 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 1. AllegroLondon Symphony Orchestra 8:49Album Only
listen  5. Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 2. AdagioLondon Symphony Orchestra 7:38Album Only
listen  6. Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)London Symphony Orchestra 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 1. AllegroLondon Symphony Orchestra 9:07Album Only
listen  8. Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 2. Andante cantabileLondon Symphony Orchestra 6:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 3. Rondeau (Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo)London Symphony Orchestra 6:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mozart: Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, K.261New Philharmonia Orchestra 7:30Album Only
listen11. Mozart: Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C, K.373New Philharmonia Orchestra 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Mozart: Violin Concerto No.2 in D, K.211 - 1. Allegro moderatoLondon Symphony Orchestra 8:15Album Only
listen  2. Mozart: Violin Concerto No.2 in D, K.211 - 2. AndanteLondon Symphony Orchestra 6:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mozart: Violin Concerto No.2 in D, K.211 - 3. Rondeau (Allegro)London Symphony Orchestra 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 1. Allegro apertoLondon Symphony Orchestra 9:23Album Only
listen  5. Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 2. AdagioLondon Symphony Orchestra 9:43Album Only
listen  6. Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 3. Rondeau (Tempo di minuetto)London Symphony Orchestra 8:06Album Only
listen  7. Mozart: Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat, K.364 - 1. Allegro maestosoLondon Symphony Orchestra13:16Album Only
listen  8. Mozart: Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat, K.364 - 2. AndanteLondon Symphony Orchestra11:19Album Only
listen  9. Mozart: Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat, K.364 - 3. PrestoLondon Symphony Orchestra 6:23$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Performer: Arrigo Pelliccia, Arthur Grumiaux
  • Orchestra: London Symphony, New Philharmonia
  • Conductor: Raymond Leppard, Sir Colin Davis
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (August 10, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B000004166
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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At the ripe old age of 19 Mozart wrote five violin concertos, and they represent his coming of age as a composer of orchestral music. From here on, it's basically one masterpiece after another. Though not difficult works, technically speaking, they partake in full measure of Mozart's uniquely sensual brand of melody. That means that successful performances must know how to spin out a singing musical line, while at the same time making the most of the rare opportunities for soloistic display. Taste and musicianship are more important qualities than virtuosity, and that makes these pieces ideal vehicles for Arthur Grumiaux's aristocratic temperament and technical polish. --David Hurwitz

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120 of 121 people found the following review helpful
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This outstanding Philips Duo compilation is a tremendous bargain for Mozart lovers. It contains all five of Mozart's violin concertos, and, in addition, his Adagio for Violin and Orchestra (K. 261), Rondo for Violin and Orchestra (K. 373), and Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, (K. 364.) The violin concertos are played by violinist Arthur Grumiaux and the London Symphony Orchestra with breathtaking beauty and an almost perfect classical simplicity and restraint, and convey a sense of Mozartean elegance, virtuosity and passion. Grumiaux teams with the Raymond Leppard and the New Philharmonia Orchestra for the Adagio, Rondo and Sinfonia Concertante (with Arrigo Pellica playing the viola.) The musical results are no less outstanding. Also worth mentioning are the liner notes, which combine an excellent historical overview of the compositions with superb musical commentary. They are among the best I've ever found accompanying a classical CD. This 2-CD set is an absolute winner. It belongs in every classical music lover's collection.
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no other recordings needed September 20, 2002
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This is the complete corpus, minus the Concertone in C, of Mozart's major works for violin and orchestra. Not only will this CD quickly fill that gap in your classical collection, but you will not compromise anything in terms of quality and performance with this all-encompassing CD. Arthur Grumiaux's performance is near-perfect interpretation, combining sensitivity with rousing liveliness, and wit where needed. These are some rather well-noted performances from the 1960s, completely digitally remastered for today's high-tech listener. Personal favorites of mine are the final Rondeaus of Concertos Nos. 2 and 5, and that perennial showpiece, the Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364 (320d) (performed with violist Arrigo Pellicia). Carefully considered performances, executed without a hint of pretension, make this recording the best match for quality, comprehensiveness, and value.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars End of the road January 3, 2005
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This is what I felt when I finally got to listen to these concertos after couple of years of intense searching. Although technically maybe not so difficult as said everywhere, I found them extremely difficult as far as music and 'the ritght tone' goes. Horowitz once said that nowadays people play Mozart like Chopin and vice-versa. And this is true for many of the recordings with violin concertos. None I've listened before really told the story of these concertos. I got as close as I could with Mutter/Karajan and Perlman/Levine. Yet sometimes the violin was to impersonal (Mutter) or the orchestra not quite on the subject (Levine). This Chrismas I finally got to listen to Grumiaux of which I've heard before and let me tell you this: everything you read here is true. Grumiaux is playing the whole Mozart in these concertos. I'd go as far as to say that is is one of the best Mozart 'incarnations' in sound in all recorded music history. He is elegant, wonderful and full of understading phrasing. Everything is there in full range. Colin Davis does, as usual, a great job accompanying an outstanding performance in every aspect. Even those of you who only enjoy a very good recorded sound have all the reasons to be happy. It hardly can get better than this. But Grumiaux deserves all appraisals above all. What he does is extreme and sweet justice to Mozart and to his music.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grumiaux at his finest April 10, 2005
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Yet another Philips Mozart DUO that is at the top of the class. Having the legendary Arthur Grumiaux on so many of these Mozart violin collections makes them easy choices. His elegant, refined style and lucious tone (from an amazing 1744 Guanari) were born for Mozart. Just about every major reviewer (Penguin, Gramophone, etc) lists this particular CD in the top two best picks for Mozart's violin concertos, often citing Grumaiux's style as the ideal model for Mozart. The recording sound is exceptional too as is typical for most Philips discs. A superb choice for the violin concertos! A rather unique version of these works come from Baroque specialist, Fabio Biondi (Virgin) which I also liked for different reasons.

An alternative choice would be the intruiguing 5-CD collector's set of Grumiaux's Historic Philips Recordings from 1953-1962 which has these five concertos plus many and some rarer works from Paganini, Mendelssohn, Faure, Ravel, Debussy, Granados, Sarasate and others. 4/5 discs are in mono but the sound is fine really. If you admire this Belgian legend, then this historic set would probably be very special as it shows Grumiaux at his finest in a beautiful and diverse repertoire.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant Mozart February 29, 2000
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Arthur Grumiaux's aristocratic style really shines through here. He does not follow the more romantic style that seems to be very popular these days (check out Perlman and Mutter's recordings) and instead presents the music as it is intended to be. Some people may be turned off by this approach to the music, though, for it makes the music sound somewhat less impressive and perhaps slightly more dry. Nevertheless, Mozart's elegant melodies really sing via Grumiaux's treatment of the music. The Sinfonia Concertante is also appropriately performed. Arthur Grumiaux and Arrigo Pelliccia (viola) make a wonderful pair as they deliver the music with much precision and musicianship. This performance is one of the best that I have encountered. The sound quality here is first-rate, especially considering that this recording was made in the '60s. Only occasionally do you hear little scratches (especially prominent in the 2nd concerto). The supporting cast is also great; the LSO sounds as full and lively as ever, perhaps even a bit too "full" for a Mozart performance. At mid-price, this double CD is a must buy. There are competing disks on the market with similar or identical program, but this set is as strong a contender as any.
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I ordered this collection twice. On both occasions I could not remove the cd as it was so tightly fitted into the base. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Raph Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value in Great Music
Very nice compilation of concertos, well recorded, a great value for your investment.
Published 2 months ago by Kentucky Colonel
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpeices from the Masters, Mozart and Grumiaux
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Published 3 months ago by TONY L. ENGLETON C.N.M.T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets Me Through 'Pledge Week'
Loaded up the car stereo up with a bunch of different albums - like this one - so that I could make it through KUSC's Fund Drive Pledge Week without having to hear that incessant,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by OldBill
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart Incomparable
Arthur Grumiaux is a large and I never tire of hearing it.
The violin concertos of Mozart are unique works. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Claudio
4.0 out of 5 stars Good play and fun to listen to.
I was very curious about listening to violin concertos, wasn't sure how I'd appreciate them. Very well is the answer. I enjoyed both of the CDs in one sitting. Read more
Published 8 months ago by David Belfry
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Package
I love this CD. However, the third time I took disc 1 out of the case it actually broke in half rather than coming lose from the little clips holding it in the case. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Zakir L. Henson
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing Music!
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I bought this for a friend of mine, but it keeps playing on my phone when i put it on shuffle mode. Read more
Published 10 months ago by JACK&JEN
3.0 out of 5 stars Disc problem!
This is a great recording by a great artist. I would have given it 5 stars except that there was a problem with the case. It was impossible to free the first disc from the case. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Hrant N. Tatian
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