2020-10-12 00:38:41 UTC
The work itself is sublime -- in particular the formal and emotional relationship among the three movements: Forgive these groping characterizations: The first movement, immensely poised, balanced, and poignant; the second, a solemn immense and wholly Mozartean sadness; the third; a tremendous outburst of bouncing contrapuntal energy and joy that nonetheless is not without reference to the second movement's sadness and the first's poise and balance.
My favorite performance, (from 1974): Szymon Goldberg and Radu Lupu (London). Not perfect because Goldberg, arguably the greatest Mozart fiddler of the 20th Century, is here in his mid-60s, maybe a decade or so past his prime, amid all of his beauty, wisdom, and insights. Lupu is in prime form, and clearly inspired by his partner, but given Goldberg's age there are times when Lupu comes close to rushing him off his feet. Nonetheless, I've yet to find a superior version.