Mozart Violin Concertos Nos. 3,4 & 5 (2014)


Arabella Steinbacher, Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Daniel Dodds

The legendary pianist Arthur Schnabel described Mozart’s piano sonatas as “too easy for children, yet too difficult for adults”. And perhaps that is the case. At least, it can do no harm to be introduced to Mozart at an early age. Violinist Arabella Steinbacher began playing her first Mozart violin concerto (the one in G major) at the tender age of eight.
And since then, the Violin Concerto in G major has remained an underlying theme throughout her career. She has performed the work on many important occasions in her life, and considers it her signature piece. Yet up until now, her performance of the concerto had not appeared on CD, despite regular requests from concert-goers. Now it is finally “time for Mozart”: the fulfilment of a longcherishedwish.



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Arabella Steinbacher

Violinist Arabella Steinbacher has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading violinists on the international concert scene, performing with the world’s major orchestras. The New York Times reports that she plays with “Balanced lyricism and fire - among her assets are a finely polished technique and a beautifully varied palette of timbres.” Recording exclusively for PENTATONE, Steinbacher’s career was launched in 2004 with an extraordinary and unexpected debut in Paris, when she stepped in on short notice for an ailing colleague and performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Sir Neville Marriner.
Her diverse and deep repertoire nowadays includes more than thirty concertos for violin. In addition to all of the major concertos of the Classical and Romantic periods, she also performs those of Barber, Bartók, Berg, Glazunov, Khatchaturian, Milhaud, Prokofiev, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Szymanowski, Hindemith, Hartmann, and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Offertorium. Her recording honors include the Choc du mois from Le Monde de la Musique, two ECHO Klassik Awards, two German Record Critics’ Awards, and the Editor’s Choice Award from Gramophone magazine.

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

The Festival Strings Lucerne was established in 1956 by Wolfgang Schneiderhan and Rudolf Baumgartner. The regular ensemble consists of 17 string players and a harpsichordist but also expandable to a larger chamber orchestra according to the specific repertoire. The Strings owe their special sound both to the masterful instruments owned by the ensemble, which were produced in the legendary workshops of Cremona by Stradivari, Guarneri, and Amati, and most certainly to their great performance tradition. The concertmaster Daniel Dodds served as Artistic Director since 2012. 
The orchestra tours extensively throughout Europe, appearing at prominent festivals or concert halls and is a frequent guest ensemble at Lucerne Festival. Past overseas tours have taken the Strings to South America (2007), USA (2008), Japan (2009) with concerts at TokyoSuntory Hall, South Korea (2010) with concerts at Seoul Arts Center, and to China (2010, 2011) with concerts at among others Beijing’s NCPA, Beijing Music Festival, Festival Internacional de Música de Macau, Shanghai Oriental Art Center and Guangzhou Grand Opera. The Strings has been back to South America in 2013.

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Mozart Violin Concertos Nos. 3,4 & 5 (2014)


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The legion of admirers of the charismatic violinist Arabella Steinbacher will be delighted by her lovely performances of the three Mozart Violin concertos presented here. The 5.0 DSD multi-channel recording, made in the clean and open acoustic of Kirche Oberstrass in Zürich, Switzerland by the experienced team from Polyhymnia International BV of Job Maarse, Erdo Groot and Roger de Schot, could hardly be improved upon. This excellent issue is enthusiastically recommended. 5-Stars.

Graham Williams[read full review]

    The Strad

.... she has chosen to partner an outstanding chamber orchestra, which creates crisp and transparent textures, and combines swagger with an admirable lightness of touch in the outer movements. Never hidebound in her approach, Steinbacher uses a rapid vibrato to sweeten her tone, a feature that may separate her from period devotees who would also point to her stretching of phrases in the central Adagios, which become predictable

    New York Times

Her sweet-toned, expressive playing and the polished, buoyant sound of the Festival Strings Lucerne renders that concerto and the Violin Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 a treat

    Gramophone Recording of the Year

Performances that exude sheer joy, from a soloist who sounds completely at ease in these works.

Gramophone Magazine[read full review]

    Classical Net

Arabella Steinbacher is a fabulous fiddler. She attacks these youthful works with the necessary gusto and virtuosity. She also avoids milking the tunes the way some famous players are inclined to. Indeed, this is intelligent music-making, full of character and an obvious passion for the works at hand.

Brian Wigman[read full review]

Mozart Violin Concertos Nos. 3,4 & 5 (2014)


Arabella Steinbacher, Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot
Recording location: Kirche Oberstrass, Zurich
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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