Remarkable debut album from Noa Wildschut

Noa Wildschut plays Mozart

Noa Wildschut (violin), Yoram Ish-Hurwitz (piano), Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Gordan Nikolić (conductor)

The young Dutch violinist Noa Wildschut has chosen a programme of Mozart that combines concertante and chamber works for her debut as a Warner Classics recording artist. The supremely talented, and confident, sixteen-year-old is the child of a Rotterdam Philharmonic violist and a private violin teacher, as well as being the protégé of Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Noa Wildschut also includes Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 ‘Turkish’ which she chose because it is so gorgeous and full of humour. She goes on to say that the concerto is ‘like a kind of opera, with all those different characters, really, a story is being told’. For this performance she is joined by the Nederlands Kamer Orkest under its Concertmaster and artistic leader Gordan Nikolić. Noa’s phrasing in this work is beyond reproach and the orchestra faithfully follow her assured performance.

For the Violin Sonata No. 32 in B flat major, K454 Wildschut is joined by the pianist Yoram Ish-Hurwitz. I am less convinced by her performance here. Mozart wrote this piece as this is a conversation between equals but this does not quite come across. Perhaps it is an awareness of the equal nature of the piano and violin parts that has led her to be slightly understated in this piece.Nonetheless this is a quite remarkable recording debut and I look forward to getting an opportunity to see her perform live and indeed to her next venture on CD.

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Footnote: Anne-Sophie Mutter, herself, began her own recording career with a recording of the Mozart Third and Fifth violin concerti with Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra when she was a similarly tender age.