Mozart Violin Concertos Recording

May 15, 2019
7:00 pm
Basilique of Corpus Christi


The nineteen-year-old Mozart wrote between April and December 1775 five violin concertos, probably primarily for his own use, but probably also for Antonio Brunetti, concertmaster of the court ensemble of Archbishop Colloredo in Salzburg. The most popular among them were the last two: IV in D major and V in A major. Composing the Fourth Violin Concerto in D major KV 218, Mozart used Luigi Boccherini as the role model in the same key. It is known, however, that he never imitated slavishly other composers, and impulses derived from various stylistic circles, not only Italian, but also  French, German and of course the local Viennese, he was able to subordinate his own imagination.

Relations between the solo instrument and the orchestra is not yet in the IV Concert
Violin as diverse as in later concerts Mozart’s piano, but the form it is shaped very coherently and it is typically Mozartish naturalness in developing the narrative music. Violin concerts they occupy a special place in Mozart’s work position. Hermann Abert, author of one of the
basic monographs of the composer he wrote that they are a youthful work strength, conscious of its value, already this playfully playing, already plunging dreamy and leading free play with form. listening an energetic marching theme starting the fourth concerto, lyrical singing the violin in Andante and the elegantly coquettish Ronda, we are convinced of the accuracy of this characteristic. In the roundabout, an original episode appears, stylized as a popular musette, in which the melody is played with an empty burdon “19-year-old Mozart with a string. In October 1777 he composed five concerts Wolfgang Amadeus reported to his father from Augsburg that he played his “Strassburger Concert” there, and that he went
the violin is very smooth, earning him a big one within four months ” applause. Undoubtedly it was just IV Concert in D major, as he points out similarity of the mentioned episode
in the roundabout with musette in Carlo von’s Carnival Symphony Dittersdorf, entitled Ballo Strasburghese. It was one of the last documented appearances of young Mozart as a violinist. In spite of his father’s warm encouragement, he did not intend to undertake a violinist vitruvus career, and eventually chose the piano. But he left us his violin concertos, full of eternal charm.
Adam Walaciński