Sunday Concert: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K 219, Turkish

Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219,  is the last violin concerto he ´wrote. He wrote it originally for his own use but re-worked it in favour of his friend the Neapolitan violin virtuoso Antonio Brunetti who succeeded  Mozart as concertmaster the following year after one Mozart fell out with his employer…

Leonardo Leo (1694 — 1744): Cello concertos (Anner Bylsma)

Although he’s now remembered as a composer of operas and theatrical accompaniments Leonardo Leo also composed religious music (I wrote about his Salve Regina back in March) he was very influential in his day numbering Piccinni, Cafaro and Jommelli amongst his pupils. His problem was that although he was a talented, versatile, and innovative composer…

Sunday Concert: W.A. Mozart- Sinfonia concertante (Maxim Vengerov, Robert Kabara & Sinfonietta Cracovia) – YouTube

When he appointed the 16-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as concert master in his orchestra, at an annual salary of 150 gulden on August 21st 1772 the archbishop of Salzburg (Colloredo) made a fabuluous bargain. Over the following years Mozart produced many compositions for him including the majority of his concertante works for violin and orchestra…

Sunday Concert: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major & Shostakovitch Symphony № 4 – Julia Fischer, Vasily Petrenko, OPRFr

For this week’s Sunday concert I’ve picked a concert consisting of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 and Shostakovich Symphony № 4 given by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, with the young German violinist soloist Julia Fischer conducted by Vasily Petrenko on on June 14th 2013 Salle Pleyel, Cité de la musique,…

Sunday Concert: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847): Violin Concerto in E Minor Op 64 — Frank-Michel Erben, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

"I should like to write a violin concerto for you next winter. One in E minor runs through my head, the beginning of which gives me no peace." In 1835 Mendelssohn was appointed principal conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and named childhood friend and musical collaborator the violinist Ferdinand David as the orchestra’s concertmaster.…