Sunday Night Music: A Mozart Violin Concerto On The Double Bass

I found a very cool video on YouTube of a performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 on the double bass. I’ve played this concerto with my teacher before, so I was interested to see how Catalin Rotaru, the bass player, would handle some of the passages.

He did not disappoint. This is a very fascinating rendition. It’s so interesting to hear it played on a different instrument, but about three octaves lower. I still maintain that the third movement sounds best on violin, but as a violinist, I am more than a bit biased. 🙂

A little bit about the piece: Violin Concerto No. 5, which is nicknamed ‘Turkish’ due to a passage in the third movement, was Mozart’s last concerto written for solo violin (Nos. 6 and 7 are of dubious authorship and most music scholars agree that Mozart did not write them). He was nineteen years old when he wrote it and I desperately wish he had continued to write violin concerti so that I’d have more of them to play!