“Mozart's Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 5 are possibly the most practised pieces in the entire violin repertoire due to their being obligatory at virtually every audition – for music schools, conservatories and orchestras – as well as for exams all over the world. This Mozart CD is part of a major project that also includes a live DVD and masterclass videos from Barratt Due Institute of Music.
Not only do I regularly perform these concertos with major orchestras around the world, using my own cadenzas, I also give lectures on how to develop one's own interpretation built on the harmonic structure, analysis of the form and an understanding of the historical context. I also use creative approaches, such as staging it as opera, dancing to it, and improvising over the various themes.”
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.
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About the Artists
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 the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.
Founded in 1977, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra has secured a reputation 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 the position since the orchestra’s formation. The orchestra’s international tours to Europe, Asia and North America have received outstanding reviews.
Acclaimed recordings by Henning Kraggerud
“Henning Kraggerud’s Kreisler program is great and spirited fun, 100 minutes of pure unadulterated pleasure.”
“The Tromsø Chamber Orchestra sounds glorious and they give of their best throughout. They are certainly a formidable groups of musicians. Kraggerud’s performances are magnificent and his bright, clean tone always shines through. This is music making of the very highest order.”
– MusicWeb International
“In music bursting with some of Mozart’s catchiest tunes, there’s never a moment that turns dull or static in this performance, and the sonics let the music breathe in a warm but ideally intimate setting. You really can’t have too many versions of this piece, one of the glories of the chamber music literature. Let this be one of them.”
“The Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud gives a masterly performance of both concertos, warm and powerful, with a confident, wide vibrato and immaculate intonation. The recording has exceptional weight and fullness.”
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