Isabelle Faust Featured in Midday Mozart Takeover

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 05:38 PM

Isabelle Faust performed Bach in the WQXR Cafe Isabelle Faust performs in the WQXR Café. (Amy Pearl)

All this week at noon, the Midday Mozart segment on WQXR will feature one of his five violin concertos, composed when he was only 19-years-old. The performances are included on a new recording by violinist Isabelle Faust, who is joined by the ensemble Il Giardino Armonico under the direction of Giovanni Antonini.

The original cadenzas for these five concertos have since been lost, which left them open to interpretation by composer Andreas Staier. In fact, Mozart isn’t known to have written any solo string cadenzas for any works besides these. Mozart was a talented violinist, but had a strong affinity for piano, so Staier’s reconstructions are strongly inspired by Mozart’s piano work.

Faust, a Leopold Mozart and Paganini competition award winner, has played with several of the world’s top orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She’s also performed here, at our own café.

Tune in via the audio player at the top of the website, the WQXR mobile app or on the radio to catch these recordings all this week during Midday Mozart at noon.

  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra no. 1 K 207
  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra no. 2 K 211
  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra no. 3 K 216
  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra no. 4 K 218
  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra no. 5 K 219

If you want to hear more of Faust, check out her interpretation of a Beethoven violin sonata:

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