MP3 Erato Chamber Orchestra - Mozart Violin Concertos No. 1 & 4
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Mozart Violin Concertos
Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood in Salzburg. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royality. After returning with his father from Italy on March 13, 1733, Mozart was employed as a court musician by the ruler of Salzburg, Prince-Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo. The composer had a great number of friends and admirers in Salzburg. He had the opportunity to work in many genres, composing symphonies, sonatas, string quartets, serenades and a few minor operas.
The five violin concertos (the only ones he ever wrote), were originally thought to have been written between April and December 1755. However recent analysis of handwriting and the manuscript paper on which the concerto was written suggest that the actual date of composition might have been 1773 when Mozart was 17 years old. Additionally, much has been written that violinist Antonio Brunetti premiered the works however he didnât arrive as Court musician until 1776. Given Mozartâs ability on the violin it is now believed that Mozart himself gave the premieres of all five violin concertos.
The three movements of the 1st concerto are in the usually fast-slow-fast structure. The concerto is full of brilliant passage work with running sixteenth notes and is generally characterized by high spirits. The concert Rondo No. 1 in B-flat, K.269 for violin and orchestra was intended to replace the finale however the concerto is typically performed with the original finale and the K. 269 Rondo remains a separate concert piece.
The fourth Mozart Violin concerto remains the most immediately scintillating of the five. It is not happenstance that D major is the key most often selected by composers in which to cast their violin concertos (two of Mozartâs are in that key), for it is in D major that the instrument, because of the tuning of its strings, vibrates most freely and rings longest. Mozart exploits this in tonally-concocted capacity many times as the Concerto moves along, from the resounding unisons and octaves of the orchestra opening to the shining entrance of the soloist on that same material (two octaves higher) to the rich arpeggios that later on lead the way into the recapitulation of the opening.
The Andante cantabile slow movement of the fourth concerto has not the fame of either of the slow movements of the Concerto No. 3in G or that of the Concerto No. 5 in A, but there is no shame in being a lesser-known gem. The main music of the Andante grazioso finale cannot decide between a light 2/4 and a more energized 6/8. But this is not the only such argument of tempo and meter in the movement: Mozart has returned to the kind of French Rondo finale that he used in the previous violin concerto, this time incorporating a rolling gigue and a folk like gavotte in the middle portion which shoots off in an entirely new direction for a while. The ending happens suddenly as if to state there is more to come.
Michael Antonello, Soloist
Before launching an international solo and recording career American-born violinist Michael Antonello attended the legendary Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia followed by studies at Indiana University. There he worked with concert violinist Franco Gulli until his appointment as concertmaster of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He also has served as concertmaster of an orchestra at the famed Aspen Music Festival, and the Rochester Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota. He held a temporary tenure with both the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has been featured as a soloist with the Erato Chamber Orchestra of Chicago, the Rochester Symphony, Chelesa Symphony, Milano Classica, Romanian Philharmonic and the St. Petersburgeâs âState Capella Orchestraâ. Antonello has also performed extensively in recital with pianist Peter Arnstein. They have seven CDâs to their credit. These CDâs include much of the standard Sonata Repertoire, as well as favorite violin showpieces. Mr. Antonello has recoreded many violin concertos including the Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Brahms, and Bruch with conductor Philip Greenberg and the National Orchestra of the Ukraine. They have also recoded Mozart concertos No.3 and No. 5 with Milano Classica Orchestra. He and conductor Richard Haglund have performed concerts in Chicago, St. Petersburg Russia, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova. Last year, Michael Antonello co-founded the Southern Tuscany International Festival of Music, Literature, Food, and Wine.
He plays the 1720 âEx-Rochesterâ violin made by Antonio Stradivari. Crafted during the âGolden Periodâ, when his genius was the most focused and productive, this instrument is a supreme example of the makerâs finest tonal quality. It is referenced no fewer than five books dedicated to Stradivariâs work.
Richard Haglund, Conductor
An Engaging communicator of exceptional warmth and energy, conductor Richard A. Haglund is founder and Music Director of the Erato Chamber Orchestra in Chicago. Additionally he is the Assistant conductor for the Illinois Symphony and Music Director of the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony and Community Orchestra in Springfield.
Maestro Haglund has conducted professional ensembles around the globe. These include the Camerate Chamber Orchestra of Cluj, Romania, the St. Petersburg Hermitage orchestra in Russia, and the Varna Philharmonic and Grabovo Chamber Orchestra in Bulgaria. In the summer of 2009 he was invited for a second appearance with the Bantul Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania. Additionally, he guest conducted the State Capella Orchestra in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the National Chamber orchestra of Moldova in Chisinau. The summer of 2010 lead him to work in the Ukraine with the Kiev Philharmonic and in Italy with the Southern Tuscany International Festival of Music, Literature, Food & Wine.
Haglundâs diverse experience includes Pops Conductor for the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestraâs summer season, Assistant Conductor of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Bard Community Chorus and Founder and Conductor of the Sangamon Valley Community Orchestra in Springfield Illinois.
Haglund received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Minnesota. He studied with Gustav Meier in Kiev, Ukraine, where he conducted the National Symphony Orchestra and radio Choir of the Ukraine, as well as in St. Petersburg Russia, at the Peter the Great Music Academy. In 2003 he completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Orchestra Conducting at Bard College in New York under the tutelage of Harold Farberman. Haglund has also studied conducting with Leon Botstein, Paul Vermel, Larry Rachleff, and Philip Greenberg. In addition to conducting he has studied composition individually with world-renowned composer Joan Tower.
Erato Chamber Orchestra
The Erato Chamber Orchestra is comprised of Chicagoâs finest musicians who have a common affection for making and sharing music. The ensembleâs programs are devoted to both classical and contemporary repertoire that is not ordinarily played by large symphony orchestras. Their name is inspired by the Greek goddess Erato, who is the Muse of Lyric Poetry. The orchestraâs style is characterized by a warm sound and virtuosic talent combined with an infectious enjoyment of the pleasure of making music.
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