The Prades Festival Orchestra, Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat, K.364 / Divertimento in E-Flat, K.563

Justin Davidson

By Justin Davidson

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Classical concertos are often described as pieces about contest and conflict — between soloist and orchestra or among the various soloists. But Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola is more like a tender and lively conversation between people — friends, lovers, siblings — who have known each other a very long time. It is played often, and it never gets old. In this classic recording from the '50s, the soloists are the violinist Joseph Fuchs, who kept playing right up to his death in 1997 at the age of 90, and his sister Lillian who enjoyed the title "First Lady of the Viola." The conductor is their friend and divine cellist Pablo Casals. The only reason to pass it up would be fastidiousness about sound quality, in which case there is another option.