Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791)

Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 5

All Cadenzas written by Henning Kraggerud

Henning Kraggerud, Violin
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Listen to an excerpt from Mozart's
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
Mozart wrote his Violin Concertos in 1775 while still living in his home town of Salzburg and in service to Prince-Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo. Mozart had already toured internationally and found his parochial environment restricting, but as ever he rose above circumstances to create sublime and thrillingly unconventional masterpieces filled with wit and charm. The finely sustained melodic expression of each concerto’s slow centre provides the perfect foil for inventive sparkle in outer movements that include a cheeky reference to the opera Il re pastore in K. 216, and an exotic ‘Turkish’ moment in the finale of K. 219.
Henning Kraggerud    |    Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Henning Kraggerud
About Henning Kraggerud
An artist of exquisite musicianship, Henning Kraggerud is invited time and again to join many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the Philharmonia, Hallé, Danish National Symphony, the Cincinnati, Baltimore, Toronto and Vancouver symphony orchestras and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has performed with the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and twice at the BBC Proms in London. In his native Norway, he is Artistic Director of Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. Kraggerud’s discography includes many recordings on the Naxos label, including Grieg’s Three Sonatas, arranged for violin and chamber orchestra by Henning Kraggerud and Bernt Simen Lund (8.573137).
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
About the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Since its formation in 1977 the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra has secured a reputation for itself for its innovative programming and creativity. The artistic directors and guest leaders of the orchestra have included Iona Brown, Leif Ove Andsnes, Martin Fröst, François Leleux and Steven Isserlis together with the current artistic director Terje Tønnesen, who has held this rôle since the orchestra’s formation. The orchestra’s international tours to Europe, Asia and North America have received outstanding reviews at many of the world’s prestigious concert halls and festivals. The orchestra draws on an enviable roster of Norwegian and international soloists and has always been dedicated to presenting contemporary music as part of its concert repertoire.
“Henning Kraggerud’s Kreisler program is great and spirited fun, 100 minutes of pure unadulterated pleasure.”
– Pizzicato
“Henning Kraggerud gives a masterly performance of both concertos, warm and powerful, with a confident, wide vibrato and immaculate intonation.”
– Gramophone
“Violinist Henning Kraggerud is more than just an able transcriber. He is the excellent soloist and leader of the very fine Tromsø Chamber Orchestra. The result couldn’t be more natural.”
– ClassicsToday.com

“These players convey a strong sense of exploring the work in real time, with particularly lively dialogues carried on between violinist Henning Kraggerud and cellist
Christoph Richter.”

– Allmusic.com