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.