- Audio CD (Jan. 30 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: EMI Classics
- ASIN: B00005NPJL
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,721 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. I. Allegro|
|2. II. Andante cantabile|
|3. III. Rondeau (Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo)|
|4. I. Allegro aperto|
|5. II. Adagio|
|6. III. Rondeau (Tempo di menuetto - Allegro)|
|7. Rondo for violin and orchestra in B flat K269/261a|
|8. Rondo for violin and orchestra in C K373|
|9. Adagio for violin and orchestra in E K261|
I was wary of picking this up, because my experiences with budget classical releases have generally been bad: although the music is always wonderful, companies either get competent but uninspired performers, or transfer a legendary performer's recording (usually pretty old) to CD without taking any time to remaster it well.
Labels realize, I suppose, that there are two types of people who buy classical music: casual listeners that don't care about (or can't notice) such things, and a coterie of discerning obsessives who are willing to get fleeced for a good recording.
But EMI has actually done everyone a favor. This CD is a gift to a person starting a classical music collection, or anyone who just wants a beautiful recording of these pieces. Mozart's two greatest violin concertos are here, along with the alternate movements that he wrote for the same concertos - the disc actually fills its running time of 80 minutes, and it sounds glorious even on headphones. I'm not sure if it was a great remastering job or just an unusually sharp recording in the first place, but everything sounds bright and alive.
My knowledge of performers isn't that good, and I had never heard of David Oistrakh when I picked this up, but after a few listens I was convinced that he had to be a legend - which, unsurprisngly, he was (and is, I suppose). His tone is incredibly pure and smooth, and his playing retains the improvisatory feel of some of Mozart's continuously unspooling melodies while remaining disciplined and clear.Read more ›