Mozart Works for Violin(s) and Orchestra (2007)

Mozart

Julia Fischer, Gordan Nikolic

Yakov Kreizberg

On August 21, 1772 the Salzburg archbishop Colloredo appointed the 16-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as concert master in his orchestra, at an annual salary of 150 gulden. During the following years, Mozart wrote the majority of his concertante works for violin and orchestra, beginning with the Violin Concerto in B flat, K.207 (1773) and the Concertone for two violins, oboe, cello and orchestra, K.190 (1774). These were followed in 1775 by another four violin concertos (in D, K.211; in G, K.216; in D, K.218; and in A, K.219); and a few years later, during the summer or early autumn of 1779, he wrote the final work, his Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola, K.364.

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Julia Fischer

Born in Munich, Ms. Fischer began learning the violin at age three and soon thereafter started taking piano lessons. She became a pupil of Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music and at just 11-years-old won the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, an event that catapulted her towards an international career as a soloist.

Julia Fischer has since appeared regularly with the world's most celebrated orchestras and conductors. In recent seasons, concerto highlights have included orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony. Ms. Fischer has worked with conductors of the highest level including Blomstedt, Eschenbach, Vladimir Jurowski, Paavo Järvi, Maazel, Marriner, Salonen, Temirkanov, Welser-Möst, and Zinman. An avid recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Fischer has performed in the world's great concert halls and in festivals across Europe, including at the Musikverein Vienna, Palais des Beaux Arts, Berlin Philharmonie, and Carnegie Hall in New York, and at the BBC Proms, Salzburg Easter Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, and Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Ms. Fischer was Artist in Residence at Konzerthaus Berlin during the 2012-13 season and at Dresdner Philharmonie during the 2013-14 season; London's Wigmore Hall additionally dedicated to Ms. Fischer a Perspective Series throughout the 2013-14 season.

Ms. Fischer will open the 2014-15 season with concerts at the Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, performing in recital with Igor Levit and in concert with the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin under the baton of Michael Sanderling. Following an appearance with Daniel Müller-Schott at the Festival Herbstliche Musiktage, Ms. Fischer embarks on a recital tour of France with Yulianna Avdeeva. A tour of Germany with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia and Vladimir Jurowski will see Ms. Fischer perform the rarely programmed Schumann violin concerto and include the first out of three concerts which will showcase Ms. Fischer as first Artist in Residence at Frankfurt's concert series Pro Arte; she also tours Switzerland in the role of conductor and soloist with pianist Oliver Schnyder and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and appears in major venues throughout Europe alongside the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Temirkanov. Further highlights as soloist include the Philharmonia Orchestra/Hr?ša, MDR Symphony/Kristjan Järvi, Boston Symphony/Dutoit, Czech Philharmonic/Zinman, and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich/Bringuier. Summer 2015 will see Ms. Fischer performing at major festivals – at Grafenegg Music Festival, at the Kissinger Summer Music Festival with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Blomstedt, at the Rheingau Music Festival with Jordan – as well as on a European tour with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony/Sanderling performing Katchaturian.

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

The Nederlands Kamerorkest (= Netherlands Chamber Orchestra) was founded in 1955 and gave its first concert that year during the Holland Festival. Szymon Goldberg – the legendary violinist, conductor and pedagogue – was artistic director of the ensemble for the first 22 years.Goldberg then appointed David Zinman as second conductor (alongside himself) and, jointly, they raised the level of the orchestra to equal that of any top international chamber ensemble. They were succeeded in 1979 by Antoni Ros Marbà, who led the orchestra until 1986. From 1986 to 2002, Hartmut Haenchen was chief conductor of the ensemble, with Philippe Entremont as permanent guest conductor. Since 2003, Yakov Kreizberg has been chief conductor of the Nederlands Kamerorkest. In September 2004, top violinist Gordan Nikoli´c was appointed Artistic Director and Leader of the Nederlands Kamerorkest. As such, he regularly leads the orchestra from within.

Yakov Kreizberg

Yakov Kreizberg was a naturalized American conductor and pianist, born in Russia with the name Yakov Bychkov. A piano prodigy at age 5, he began composing by 13 and took up conducting lessons with Ilya Musin around the same time. When he emigrated to the United States in 1976, he was unable to bring his compositions with him, so out of frustration with Soviet policies, he gave up composing entirely and dedicated himself to conducting full-time.

Once settled in the United States, Kreizberg entered the Mannes College The New School for Music, where he studied with his brother, conductor Semyon Bychkov. (Kreizberg adopted his mother's maiden name shortly after graduation, to differentiate himself from his brother). Following graduate work at the University of Michigan with Gustav MeierKreizberg studied with Erich LeinsdorfSeiji Ozawa,Leonard Bernstein, and Michael Tilson Thomas, becoming the latter's assistant at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. In 1985, he returned to Mannes College to direct the school's orchestra and also conducted the New York City Symphony's concerts.

Having dual careers in conducting orchestral concerts and opera, Kreizberg served as general music director of the United Municipal Theaters of Krefeld-Mönchengladbach and as conductor of the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker. At the Berlin Comic Opera, he oversaw productions of standard repertoire as well as revivals of forgotten operas, and conducted many heavily attended concerts. He went on to conduct operas at Glyndebourne, the Canadian Opera Company, the English National Opera,Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Royal Opera House. His concert activities included performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra, where he conducted Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," to critical acclaim. Additionally, Kreizberg appeared in the United States with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.

After 2003, Kreizberg was chief conductor and artistic adviser of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, as well as principle guest conductor of theVienna Symphony Orchestra. He recorded for Decca and PentaTone Classics. Yakov Kreizberg died on March 15, 2011, in Monaco at age 51, following a long illness.

Gordan Nikolic

He has conducted the Chamber Orchestra of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National d'Île-de-France, the Manchester Camerata, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, among others: during the 2005/2006 season, he conducted the Orchestre de Lille. Since 2004, he has been Artistic Director of the Nederlands Kamerorkest (= Netherlands Chamber Orchestra), which is based in Amsterdam. With this orchestra, he has programmed various memorable productions, such as Stravinsky's L'histoire du soldat with kinetic painter Norman Perryman, and Weill's Die sieben Todsünden with theatre company Dogtroep. Nikoli´ c has already recorded several CDs with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, which include works by Britten, Bartók and Hartmann, among others. In 2000, he was appointed "Prince Consort Professor" for string ensembles at the Royal College of Music. Since September 2003, he has also been a professor at the Guildhall School of Music. In the Netherlands, Nikoli´c also teaches at the Rotterdam Academy for Classical Music. Gordan Nikolic´ has a special interest in chamber music, and is regularly invited to perform at various festivals. These include the Musique à l'Empéri Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Daytona Music Festival, Chaise-Dieu Festival and the London Proms, where he has performed with such musicians as Vladimir Mendelssohn, Pieter Wispelwey, Christophe Coin, Eric Le Sage, Maria João Pires, Mikhaïl Pletnev, Emmanuel Ax, Leif Ove Andsnes and Tim Hugh. Recently, he has joined the Vellinger String Quartet. He has performed as a soloist with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre Symphonique de Bâle, the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, he played the Walton Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under André Previn. In 2003, he performed the Brahms Double Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, which was recorded for the ‘LSO Live' label, as well as Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1 in five concerts in Holland. He gave the première of James MacMillan's Violin Concerto, Deep But Dazzling Darkness, under the baton of the composer with the London Symphony Orchestra. Gordan Nikolic´ has made many recordings for various labels (including Olympia, Lyrinx and Syrius), exploring the lesser-known violin repertoire. One of his recordings, dedicated to Vivaldi, was nominated "Recording of the Month" in Holland, and his Bach recording received an award from DRS3, Switzerland's cultural radio channel. Gordan Nikolic´ plays a Lorenzo Storioni violin dating from 1794.

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Mozart Works for Violin(s) and Orchestra (2007)

Mozart

Julia Fischer, Gordan Nikolic

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Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat, K. 364 - Allegro maestoso
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Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat, K. 364 - Andante
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Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat, K. 364 - Presto
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Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C, K. 373 - Allegretto grazioso
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Concertone for 2 Violins and Orchestra in C, K. 190 - Allegro spiritoso
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Concertone for 2 Violins and Orchestra in C, K. 190 - Andantino grazioso
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Concertone for 2 Violins and Orchestra in C, K. 190 - Tempo di menuetto (Vivace)
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