Gordon Nikolic leads the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and plays the solo violin parts in these performances of two of Mozart’s most enduring orchestral pieces. Recorded to the highest quality that we have come to expect from PentaTone, this is a splendid release, superbly played and elegantly presented.
“The Haffner, a wedding serenade for the marriage of Elizabeth Haffner in July 1776, was an outdoor summer piece, which was not good for the band, whose members were expected to move around. Thus there are no timpani; and certainly no cellos, because there were aristocratic guests (the bride`s father had been burgomaster of Salzburg), so lowly musicians couldn`t sit while they stood. When Mozart later shortened this eight-movement work to a five-movement `symphony`, he enhanced the orchestration with cellos and drums.
“…Nikolitch shows that he is as superlative a violin soloist as he is a conductor, as unerring in his understanding of lyrical eloquence as he is of dramatic timing.” GRAMOPHONE