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Johanna Martzy plays Mozart
1 CD | 48min | Nr. 94.230
CD 1: » Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 D major K 218
» Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No. 3 G major K 216 for Violin and Orchestra

Though undoubtedly one of most important Hungarian musicians after the Second World War, and was counted among the great violinists of the fifties and early sixties, Johanna Martzy‘s star would soon fade from international memory and increasing become a name known only to connoisseurs.

Even shorter than her international concert career – her final public concert took place in 1976 – was her career as a recording artist. Her first recordings were made at the beginning of the 50's, with some repertoire Deutsche Grammophon, and then in 1954, the 29 year old was signed exclusively to EMI. All of Johanna Martzy’s recordings were taken off the market a few years after their release, which gave her a near legendary mystique and a very committed following of collectors. An EMI recording of Mozart's G Major Concerto was never published. Mozart's D Major Concerto, K. 218 was recorded with Eugen Jochum in the early 50s.

Interestingly, in the present recording is not only a comparison with the commercial recordings, but also that the D Major Concerto, K. 218 (from 1956), and the G Major Concerto (from 1962) were made as a live recordings of a studio production. Johanna Martzy‘s Mozart displays not only technical perfection and a gloroiusly unfolding tone, but the consummate mastery of the bow in all its nuances, and a cultivated passion of expression.

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