cadenzas for Mozart concertos

December 18, 2006 at 03:55 PM · wondering what everyone likes for cadenzas for the Mozart concertos. e.g. i like the franko for the 3rd and this seems to be a favorite on the concert circuit right now. i'm trying to decide on one for the 5th.

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December 18, 2006 at 04:33 PM · Listen to James Ehnes recording of the the complete Mozart concerti issued last January...All his cadenzas are his own composition and they are wonderfully written...


December 18, 2006 at 05:34 PM · I agree the James Enhes cadenzas are really good. I've nicked a few ideas from him for my own cadenzas. I also looked at the carl flesch cadenzas but they seemed a little silly (and difficult) to me!

December 18, 2006 at 07:54 PM · Come now, write your own! :)

I did the Joachim cadenzas for #5 last year but whenever I work on that piece again I'll probably try writing my own, seems to be the fashion lately. :)

December 18, 2006 at 08:03 PM · If you listen to Francescatti's recording you'll hear the Ysaye cadenzas for the 3rd Concerto--I always thought them far more inventive than the Franko.

December 18, 2006 at 10:44 PM · Greetings,

Joachim, Oistrakh , Milstein and yes, the Ehnes which you cna download free from the Strad are veyr thoughtful and apprpriate,



December 19, 2006 at 02:36 AM · thanks for the suggestions. i have the Levin cadenza for the 5th but i'm not too thrilled with it. i'll definitely check out Ehnes. Now, do i need to have a subscription to Strad for those cadenzas, or could someone be kind enough to email/attach them to me?

by the way Augustin Hadelich wrote his own cadenza for the Mozart 2 that he played in Indy. it's on his website and downloadable. it's awesome.

December 19, 2006 at 02:43 AM · Greetings,

just go to the Strad site and download them...



December 19, 2006 at 03:00 AM · just did. great suggestion. thanks.

has anyone played the Marteau cadenzas for the 5th? (Peters edition) - i got this from the library. i kinda like this cadenza, reminds me of the franko for 3. i haven't seen the Franko for 5. how is that one?

December 19, 2006 at 04:16 PM · If you're going for a more classical feel, Ehnes's are lovely indeed. But they might not suit your tastes if you want something more romantic.

(Funny story - when I first heard Mr. Ehnes's cadenzas to the fourth concerto first movement, I thought, hey, he stole Joachim there! I listened to an interview later and he confessed to copying Joachim for a few measures, haha. But still - really marvellous cadenzas, quite original and very stylish.)

Personally I would never play the Franko. I always feel like those cadenzas overwhelm the rest of the movements. You come away remembering the Franko, not the Mozart. But I know I'm in the minority there.

I am looking for cadenzas for Mozart 3, so I know your frustration. :)

December 19, 2006 at 04:34 PM · Emily, it is number 5 first movement, at the end where he borrows Joachim...


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