Thursday 1 May 2014

Press Release : Finally time for Mozart



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Finally time for Mozart

Baarn, The Netherlands, February 3, 2014 - Violinist Arabella Steinbacher studied her first Mozart Violin Concerto in G major at the age of eight. The legendary pianist Arthur Schnabel mentioned that the piano sonatas of Mozart are too easy for children yet too difficult for adults. In Ms Steinbacher’s words: In Mozart, one must always make sure that it's powerful, but at the same time never sounds aggressive and that the sound always remains beautifully pure and almost angelic . And since then the piece has become the underlying theme throughout her career. Arabella Steinbacher – PENTATONE’s Artist of the Season January to June 2014 - played the piece during many important moments of her life. It was also the piece that got her accepted as the youngest students of Ana Chumachenko at the age of nine. Yet it never came to a CD recording while listeners regularly ask for it.

In making the recording Ms Steinbacher said,” I’m glad it can finally be recorded now. Mozart connects me to my childhood and it has opened many doors.” Equally exciting is the collaboration between Ms Steinbacher and the Lucerne Festival Strings. As she said, “ When I play Mozart I actually prefer playing without a conductor because it is very much chamber music and the Lucerne Festival Strings are accustomed to playing without a conductor.  It's just much more exciting when you communicate directly with the orchestra. Everyone can see  me, everyone is very close to me. During the recording, we listened carefully to each other and it  was very harmonious.”

To finally satisfy the yearning, now it is time for Mozart, the fulfillment of a long-lasting wish. Released on PENTATONE, Mozart - Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 5 is available worldwide starting May 1, 2014.



Violinist Arabella Steinbacher has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading violinists on the international concert scene, performing with the world’s major orchestras. Recording exclusively for PENTATONE, her diverse and deep repertoire nowadays includes more than thirty concertos for violin. In addition to all of the major concertos of the Classical and Romantic periods, she also performs those of Barber, Bartók, Berg, Glazunov, Khatchaturian, Milhaud, Prokofiev, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Szymanowski, Hindemith, Hartmann, and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Offertorium. Her recording honors include the Choc du mois from Le Monde de la Musique, two ECHO Klassik Awards, two German Record Critics’ Awards, and the Editor’s Choice Award from Gramophone magazine.

Go to PENTATONE website for more information about Arabella Steinbacher.



The Lucerne Festival Strings was established in 1956 and consists of 17 string players and a harpsichordist, but is expandable to a larger chamber orchestra according to the specific repertoire. The concertmaster Daniel Dodds served as Artistic Director since 2012. The repertoire of the Lucerne Festival Strings extends from the Baroque to contemporary music. The orchestra has given world premieres of more than 100 works, including compositions by Jean Françaix, Frank Martin, Bohuslav Martinu, Sándor Veress, Iannis Xenakis, Krzysztof Penderecki, Klaus Huber, Peter Ruzicka and Beat Furrer. The orchestra is also cherished for its collaborations with famous soloists, from Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Pablo Casals, Wilhelm Kempff, and Clara Haskil to contemporary stars such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Viktoria Mullova, Leonidas Kavakos, James Galway, Mischa Maisky, Hélène Grimaud and Arabella Steinbacher.

Go to PENTATONE website for more information about Lucerne Festival Strings.



PENTATONE is a Dutch classical music label specializing in high-end, multichannel surround sound recordings, founded in 2001 by three former executives of Philips Classics. PENTATONE’s catalogue includes performances by conductors Kent Nagano, Marek Janowski, Sir Neville Marriner, Mikhail

Pletnev, Sir Colin Davis, Yakov Kreizberg, Simon Murphy and Lawrence Foster, instrumentalists Julia Fischer, Mari Kodama, Arabella Steinbacher, Nikolai Lugansky, Nareh Arghamanyan, Martin Helmchen, Sa Chen and orchestras such as The Russian National Orchestra, The Wiener Symphoniker, The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, The New Dutch Academy and the Bolshoi Opera.