Violinist Henryk Szeryng was an artist equally at home playing solo, in chamber ensembles, or in front of an orchestra and one of his many strengths was his ability to alter his sound to meet the occasion. Szeryng proves this yet again on this album featuring the Mozart K. 216 Concerto as well as Vivaldi's Four Seasons -- a work that may not immediately come to mind when thinking of Szeryng. Recorded in a live performance with the English Chamber Orchestra in 1972, the sound quality of the orchestra is a bit subpar and Szeryng (who also leads the orchestra) sounds quite distant. Nonetheless, his nuance and sensitivity in the Mozart can still be heard clearly. As for the Vivaldi, individual movements are likely to leave differing impressions on listeners. Throughout, Szeryng's approach is rather typical for him -- full, robust sound, and intense vibrato. Tempo selection is at times questionable, however, and the Presto of "Summer" is quite slow and does not offer sufficient contrast with the preceding Adagio. Still, fans of Szeryng will still find this remastered album a valued addition to their collection.
AllMusic Review by Mike D. Brownell
|Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216|
|The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4|
|Double Violin Concerto, for 2 violins, strings & continuo in A minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 8), Op. 3/8, RV 522|