Just a simple question for you today. What is your favourite Mozart concerto (including the concertante and conertone)?
And who is your favourite interpretation of said concerto?
Mine is Zukerman and Perlman with the Sinfonia Concertante
My favorite too is the Sinfonia Concertante but pretty much any pair playing it well.
Another vote for the Sinfonia Concertante. I like Josef Suk's first recording with Milan Skampa. Not great sound, but wonderful, stylish playing. Suk also recorded it as on viola, most notably with Iona Brown. Also multi-tracked with himself (sounds very odd).
Another vote for Mozart 4 solo (although I prefer Szeryng's personally).
Comparing the 5 violin concerti with the Sinfonia Concertante and the Concertone is akin to comparing apples, oranges, and pomegranates. The five violin concerti were basically written in a fit of inspiration in 1775...the Sinfonia Concertante (with its epic C minor Andante) foreshadows Beethoven and is one of Mozart's greatest concerti for any instrument...and the Concertone is essentially a minor work whose existence is barely known and almost never gets programmed.
As a violist, I pretty much have to vote for Sinfonia Concertante. But I also love #5.
Since I'm performing the Sinfonia Concertante with orchestra this January, it's basically in constant rotation on my Spotify playlists right now. I think I've listened to every recording available on Spotify now. Your recommendations for favorites would be much appreciated. (Perlman/Zukerman is my current favorite.)
#6 (not by M)< #1 < #2 < #3 < #4 <<<< #5.
#6 (not by M) <<< #1 < #2 < #3 < #4 <<<< #5.
Hungarian violinist Kristóf Baráti (born 1979) is my current favorite performer of Mozart concertos. As a player, I enjoyed working on #3 and #5 and am having a great time working on #4.
Mozart violin concerto 3 or violin concertone in C for 2 violins.
Sinfonia Concertante for me - Nothing in 1-5 touches that slow movement.
No. 5 is my favorite. Boy is it ever hard to play. It's so much harder than No. 3. How hard is the violin part of the Sinfonia Concertante compared to those?
The Sinfonia Concertante is more difficult, but for an unexpected reason. The Sinfonia Concertante is in E-flat major, which turns out to be an amazingly inconvenient key.
Lydia, that's also partly why the Mendelssohn Octet Op. 20 is hard to play, so I definitely get it. I wonder if anyone has ripped the Concertante score to notation software and transposed it down to D. For amateurs who just want to enjoy playing a duet I don't see the harm. The orchestra I play in is doing the famous Lohengrin overture and it's in a different key -- like a 6th lower than the original.
If you buy the Henle of the S.C. you get a copy of the viola part in both keys. For a violinist, I'm pretty sure the entire thing is transposable by ear, on the fly. Someone with the proper music transcription software could probably just play a transposition by ear and have the software notate.
Lydia - why is only the violin part transposable by ear? Surely violators have ears too... ;)
The violists don't have to transpose. Their part is written in D major. :-)
In my Barenreiter edition, I have a viola part in both keys
Mozart concerto #1 needs to be done more often.
Do you're saying these editions come with only ONE part transposed? If true that's got to be the stupidest crap I've ever heard. So you really tune your viola up half a step? What happens to the perfect pitch folks? Don't they lose their marbles?
That's reflective of Mozart's original intent. The E-flat major dampens the resonance of the violin, which would naturally be more dominant. Having the viola tuned up a half step with the work written as if it is in D major maximizes its resonance, by contrast, as well as its brightness. It helps equalize the balance between the two soloists.
Pretty interesting. I looked on Henle where you can peek inside a tiny image of the music and yes the violin part is in three flats and the viola part is in two sharps. No. I want the whole thing to be actually in D major. Summer project maybe.
It truly is hard to put the Sym. Conc. in the same category as the Concerti. That being said, just today we accompanied (I’m in the first violin section of PhilOrch) two members of the Orch playing the S.C., and it stands out as one of my favs of all Mozart’s works. The second movement is in hallowed ground. Yannick made a remark to that extent just before playing that movement today. It’s up there with the second movement of the Bach Double.