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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, December 12, 2000
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This review is from: Mozart:Violin Concertos 1 & 4 (Audio CD)
Mozart's violin concertos need a more restrained approach along with good musicianship. Lin has these qualities, and Leppard and the English Chamber Orchestra provide enthusiastic accompaniment. Leppard's cadenzas are natural, almost like an extension of Mozart's music. There is a small typo on the back cover listing one of the cadenzas as 5 minutes and 16 seconds when it is actually 1 min and 16 sec when you put it in the CD player. I do appreciate the way they have the cadenzas on separate tracks, but since Leppard's cadenzas are so great I always play the whole thing. The first violin concerto is the least enjoyable of Mozart's violin concertos, though quite impressive for a 19 year old. The Fourth concerto, however, is a true mature masterpiece that challenges most violinists because of its complex architecture. Lin plays it perfectly, a little cooler than the sugar coated Romantic approach of other violinists (eg. Mutter, Perlman, Repin) but much more accurate and perhaps more satisfying, depending on your taste.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Found it!, October 30, 2005
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G. Metcalf (United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mozart:Violin Concertos 1 & 4 (Audio CD)
I recently wrote a review of a more recent traversal of Mozart's violin concertos. Although I gave that recording 4 stars I did it with misgivings. The engineering was great and the playing was at least adequate. I wondered if a better version might be out there. I had heard Mutter/Karajan before and although the tuttis were heavier than I liked the final product was perhaps more enjoyable. The versions of Nos. 1 and 4 on this disc simply blow those away. The strings are light but vigorous as they should be in my opinion with Mozart. Even better the cadenzas are fantastic. Even in the midst of denser orchestral passages the soloist is always discernable while not being too far forward. This is the version I was looking for and I can recommend this one without hesitation. The sound here is great -- a sharp image, pleasantly warm. This is a fairly short program however and the Grumeau (hopefully I spelled this correctly) -- I believe on a Phillips double disc set-- might be equally good and more economical.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart + Lin = Elegance and Charm, April 22, 2006
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This review is from: Mozart:Violin Concertos 1 & 4 (Audio CD)
Cho Liang Lin has been around for some time now and it is always refreshing to survey his older recordings to remind us just how fine and understated is his gift. Lin possesses one of the warmest tones of any violinist today and yet he never allows that full-bodied richness of sound so perfect for the Romantic and contemporary works to override his performances of the earlier period pieces: his Mozart is detailed, beautifully phrased, impeccably musical, and fresh every time you listen.

Here he traverses the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 and Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat major, K. 207 with a lovingly rendered Rondo for violin & orchestra in B flat major, K. 269 as encore. He is sensitively support by the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Raymond Leppard. The result is a recording of warmth, a sense of spontaneity, and a perfect balance of textures between the violinist and chamber orchestra. This is Mozart as fine as any on record! Highly recommended. Grady Harp, April 06
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immaculate and stylish playing and just perfect for Mozart, March 12, 2013
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This review is from: Mozart:Violin Concertos 1 & 4 (Audio CD)
This disc, very well recorded in 1986 like the companion disc of concertos 3 and 5, and still sounding excellent, contains two more of the violin concertos by Mozart. Like the companion disc, it also contains superlative violin playing in excellent Mozartian style by Cho-Liang Lin. Raymond Leppard, as before, proves to be a most attentive and sympathetic conductor and the orchestra, although using modern instruments, is very much in style and at the correct scale for this period of music. There is a small bonus in the form of the rondo for violin K 269, also played with impeccable taste and refinement.

There really is very little to add to this review. This music, when done well, seems very simple to play and to listen to. This simplicity of performance, if course, is not actually the case as so many performances that try to do more illustrate and thus fall short. Lin's artistry knows how far to go and when to stop as far as personal intervention is concerned. To give some idea, it seems fair to suggest that Lin's performances of these lovely works is very similar to Murray Perahia's approach to his set of the piano concertos and which has long been considered definitive by vast numbers of collectors and reviewers over many years.

I would therefore suggest that this disc deserves very serious consideration by all prospective purchasers of these concertos. It is unlikely that they will do any better. They could do worse.
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Mozart:Violin Concertos 1 & 4
Mozart:Violin Concertos 1 & 4 by Cho-Liang Lin (Audio CD - 1989)
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