13 Jun 2020

MOZART: Violin Concerto No 4 in D, K218

From Music Alive, 1:00 pm on 13 June 2020
Violinist Amalia Hall

Violinist Amalia Hall Photo: Supplied

This performance was recorded at ‘Amalia & Friends’ in Wellington, a series of concerts to celebrate the return of live music, and the important place it has in all our lives, after the Covid-19 lockdown. 

In some ways, these concerts approach the experience that Mozart’s original audiences would have enjoyed. Many of his works were performed in churches, or in cathedrals such as the one in Salzburg, where Mozart was employed. His music was written with these kind of spaces in mind, with the soft, rich resonance that high ceilings, wooden beams and ornate plasterwork provide. Other works were premièred in the private salons of his wealthy patrons, making them an intimate experience for small audiences who could observe the performers closely. Mozart would lead the performances from within the orchestra or as soloist, as Amalia Hall does here.

Mozart Violin Concerto No 4

  •  Allegro
  •  Andante cantabile
  •  Rondo (Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo)

This concerto brings a martial flavour to the music only to contrast it with more expressive measures. Compared to his third concerto, the violin dominates more, laying a constant flow of melody above the orchestra. The slow movement is a song like melody. The third  movement alternates a dance-like andante grazioso with a jig-like section that develops differently each time. (Notes: Erica Challis)

Recorded 13 June 2020, St Andrew's on The Terrace, Wellington by RNZ Concert

Producer: David McCaw

Engineer: Darryl Stack