Friday, 30 December 2016

Mozart - Violin Concertos - Faust, Antonini

Rating: 5/5


This is a fabulous recording.  I already have several well-loved recordings of these works and only tried Isabelle Faust's recording because I loved her solo Bach so much.  I'm very glad I did, because she brings something quite special to the concertos.

Faust is a magnificent violinist whose approach is often quite austere.   Here she is less austere than light-touch, with the music often seeming to flow completely effortlessly.  There's plenty of weight and punch when needed, though, especially in some terrific cadenzas and the whole thing has a wonderful feel to it.

Il Giardino Armonico are excellent.  They are a small ensemble here, playing with a suppleness and responsiveness which brings the music completely to life, with Faust's solo violin always clear and distinct but also with a sense of belonging to the whole.  The effect is fresh and, to me, completely delightful.

With excellent recorded sound, this is a very fine release all round, and very warmly recommended.

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