Acclaimed American-Italian violinist Francesca Dego joins forces with the legendary conductor and period performance expert, Sir Roger Norrington for this eagerly-anticipated recording of Mozart’s Third and Fourth Violin Concertos.

Francesca Dego plays Mozart

Astonishingly, this is the first recording of these works for both the soloist and the conductor.

“For singing beauties of an instrumental kind, look no further than the violinist Francesca Dego’s Mozart album, the first of a concerto set recorded with a slimline Royal Scottish National Orchestra and that irrepressible octogenarian Roger Norrington, conducting as though he were about 22. Everything here is fleet, bouncy, clean, joyful and fresh, an approach entirely fitting for concertos designed for pleasure rather than deep thoughts.”

Geoff Brown, for The Times and The Sunday Times

“Here we truly have the best of all worlds. Those for whom the heartfelt radiance of old-school Mozart still holds a special appeal will find in Francesca Dego a kindred spirit -her enraptured sense of musical line and gently cushioned sonority are balm to the senses. There is a strong sense of collaboration here, illuminated by moments of cherishable musical correspondence between soloist and orchestra…These performances capture the very essence of Mozart’s Salzburg style best, setting up, meticulously matching and weaving in and out of the solo line with captivating suppleness and alertness.

Julian Haylock, for BBC Music Magazine

Dego, who has made her name in later, flashier repertoire, matches the orchestra’s period sparkle with playing that combines tonal purity, verve and an evident delight in the unexpected.

By Sir Roger: “I relished the opportunity to record these delicious concertos with
a brilliant young virtuoso willing to take on board modern scholarship about Mozart style
and with an excellent, alert orchestra, equally open and ready for discovery…”