Is there really a crying need for another recording of Mozart's Violin Concertos? After all, the works have already had hundreds of recordings and the honor roll of the great recordings probably runs to the dozens. But, in fact, the answer is yes, not only is there room for another recording of Mozart's Violin Concertos, but, in truth, there must be more recordings of Mozart's Violin Concertos. Why? Because if there weren't, classical music would become what most people already think it is: a museum.
But as long as there are violinists around like Giuliano Carmignola, classical music will never be a museum for the dead because in his hands, Mozart's Concertos are brilliantly, vibrantly, irresistibly alive. Carmignola, who later signed with Sony and then Deutsche Gramophone after these recordings were made in 1997, is a violinist with a light bow, a warm tone, an impeccable intonation and a superlative technique, all of which are needed for Mozart's effervescent Concertos. But, best of all, Carmignola has an elegant way of turning a phrase and a graceful manner of expressing the inner life of the music. With the skilled if not especially characterful il Quartettone led by Carlo de Martini, Carmignola turns in performances of Mozart Concertos which while they might not challenge the greatest recordings ever made, certainly do reconfirm the life enhancing -- life affirming -- qualities of the music.
Brilliant's sound is clean and immediate if perhaps a bit too close for some tastes.