Nikolaj Znaider makes his LSO Live debut with Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos 4 & 5, the first of two releases exploring the composer’s complete violin concertos.
Znaider performs at the highest level as both a conductor and soloist, and here directs the LSO from his instrument, a 1741 Guarnerius ‘del Gesu.’ Speaking of his admiration for Mozart’s violin concertos, the soloist-conductor shares: ‘For me, Mozart is the greatest composer because he was able to express everything Mahler was able to in an hour and twenty minutes – Wagner in five hours, Bruckner in seventy-two minutes – in twenty minutes. He could express the yearning, desire and pain of human existence so easily.’
A step up from his Third, Mozart’s Fourth violin concerto sees the solo instrument take the lead, the orchestra providing a supporting role. Widely considered the most ‘grown-up’ of his five violin concertos, Mozart’s Fifth finishes with a spirited rondo, its solo’s leaping notes and exotic ornamentation leading to its nickname, ‘Turkish.’
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