Title - Mozart - Violin Concertos 3 & 5
Artist - Sebastian Bohren
For those uninitiated, Swiss violinist Sebastian Bohren, whose star is rapidly in the ascendant, makes his AVIE label debut with two concertos from Mozarts year of the violin – Nos. 3 and 5 – paired with the composers youthful Symphony No. 29. Sebastians interpretations bring out the sparkling energy of the concertos, written when Mozart was just 19 years old, yet at the same time a brandish a smoothly burnished sense of style.
His partners on the album, famed Hungarian violinist-turned conductor Gabor Takacs-Nagy and Sebastians compatriots the CHAARTS Chamber Artists – comprised of leading European soloists and chamber musicians – perfectly embody these contrasting characteristics, both in their accompaniments and their reading of the Symphony which was written within a year of the concerti.
Sebastian is equally at home as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed with the Lucerne Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Basel Symphony Orchestras, among others, under such conductors as James Gaffigan, Andrew Litton and Ivor Bolton.
His chamber music collaborators have included Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Thomas Demenga and Konstantin Lifschitz. He plays the Ex-Wanamaker-Hart violin made by Guadagnini in Parma in 1761.
1-3 Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216
4-7 Symphony No. 29 in A major, K201
8-10 Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 Turkish
Opening on the vibrantly euphoric Allegro from Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216, that is followed by the more calmer, elegant even Allegro, before the more spirited third act of Rondeau: Allegro is brought forth.
Next up is Symphony No. 29 in A major, K201, which opens with the soaring Allegro moderato and follows that with the grounded Andante, the playful Menuetto, before closing the fourth act with the rambunctious melodies of Allegro con spirito.
The third and final work is Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 Turkish, which opens on the lavish extravagance of Allegro aperto, backs that with the yearning of Adagio, closing on the delightfully coruscating Rondeau: Tempo di minuetto.
Born in 1987, Sebastian Bohren studied the violin with Zakhar Bron in Zurich and Ingolf Turban in Munich. Equally at home as a soloist and chamber musician, he performs a wide-ranging repertoire spanning Bach to the present day.
He has appeared with orchestras including the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra under James Gaffigan, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Andrew Litton and Andrew Manze, the Basel Symphony Orchestra under Ivor Bolton, the Musikkollegium Winterthur under Douglas Boyd, the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana under Heinz Holliger and the NDR Radiophilharmonie.
He made his Lucerne Festival debut in 2018. A former member of the Stradivari-Quartet, Bohren pursues his passion for chamber music with artists like Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Thomas Demenga, Christian Poltera, Antoine Tamestit, Konstantin Lifschitz and Yekwon Sunwoo. He plays a violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in Parma in 1761 (the Ex-Wanamaker-Hart).
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