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There are nine surviving violin concertos by the Czech composer Josef Mysliveček (1737-1781), probably written when he was in contact with Tartini in Padua. The light D major concerto shows an almost operatic slant to its slow movement (Mysliveček’s violin concertos influenced Mozart’s), while Vivaldi informs the finale. Leila Schayegh is the superb soloist, pure and conjuring palpable magic in the first movement of the E major, while casting a spell in the slow movement. In fact, the slow movements are the true achievements, while the finale of the Concerto in A major is of particular, folkish delight.

The dynamic E-flat symphony is full of life and superbly realised by Prague- based authentic instrument Collegium 1704. There is a cleanliness to this music that seeks parallel with the music of J. C. Bach, while the Ouverture No. 2 has a richer sound due to subdivided violas. Fascinating, and well recorded.

COLIN CLARKE Read the full review on Agora Classica


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