ASM35: The Complete Musician [Highlights]

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Anne-Sophie Mutter may be the only contemporary violinist who can be billed with just her initials, or who could issue a 40-CD box-set compilation of her recordings in the reasonable expectation that it would sell. This two-disc set is a sampler from the larger box. A point in its favor is that it includes one of the rarities from the complete item: a recording of the 11-year-old Mutter playing one movement of the Prokofiev "Sonata for solo violin in D minor, Op. 115." Two years later, she would come to the attention of Herbert von Karajan, who, whatever his flaws, realized that her rich, Olympian tone provided the perfect complement to his orchestral visions. The first ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Anne-Sophie Mutter may be the only contemporary violinist who can be billed with just her initials, or who could issue a 40-CD box-set compilation of her recordings in the reasonable expectation that it would sell. This two-disc set is a sampler from the larger box. A point in its favor is that it includes one of the rarities from the complete item: a recording of the 11-year-old Mutter playing one movement of the Prokofiev "Sonata for solo violin in D minor, Op. 115." Two years later, she would come to the attention of Herbert von Karajan, who, whatever his flaws, realized that her rich, Olympian tone provided the perfect complement to his orchestral visions. The first disc contains several examples of her work with Karajan, alternating concerto movements with recital pieces, both orchestral and piano accompanied. What strikes the listener is how consistent the basic Mutter tone and approach remained as she began to work with other conductors and then to broaden her repertory beyond the Romantic masterpieces, first into modern music with Lutoslawski's "Partita for violin and orchestra" which she commissioned, and then into the Baroque with an ebullient Vivaldi "Four Seasons" performed with the Trondheim Soloists. That's an ensemble about as far from Karajan's Berlin Philharmonic as you can imagine. Even in Heifetz's arrangement of "It Ain't Necessarily So," not a work in which you would expect Mutter to excel, the basic Mutter style carries the day. It's worth noting that, since a 40-CD set is out of the reach of most listeners, this two-disc set might have included a bit more in the way of complete works than it does. The only one included is the Vivaldi "Winter" concerto from the "Four Seasons," not really a representative example of her style. But in general this gives newcomers an enticing taste of one of the major violinists of our time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947797302
  • Catalog Number: 001587502
  • Sales rank: 17,770

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sonata for violin solo in D major, Op. 115: 1. Moderato - Sergey Prokofiev & Mutter (4:32)
  2. 2 Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: 1. Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (10:46)
  3. 3 Concerto for violin, cello & orchestra in A minor ("Double"), Op. 102: 2. Andante - Johannes Brahms & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (7:34)
  4. 4 Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: 3. Finale. Allegro energico - Presto - Max Bruch & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (7:40)
  5. 5 Partita, for violin, orchestra & obbligato piano (arranged from version for violin & piano): 1. Allegro giusto - Witold Lutoslawski & Witold Lutoslawski (4:20)
  6. 6 Trio for violin, viola & cello in C minor, Op. 9/3: 3. Scherzo. Allegro molto e vivace - Ludwig van Beethoven & Bruno Giuranna (3:13)
  7. 7 Sonata for violin & piano No. 7 in C minor ("Eroica"), Op. 30/2: 3. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Mutter (3:39)
  8. 8 Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: 1. Allegro moderato - André Previn & Jean Sibelius (15:53)
  9. 9 Beau soir ("Lorsque au soleil couchant les rivières sont roses"), song for voice & piano, L. 6 - Claude Debussy & Jascha Heifetz (3:04)
  10. 10 Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20 - Pablo de Sarasate & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (8:40)
  11. 11 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77: 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco pi - Johannes Brahms & New York Philharmonic (7:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297 - Antonio Vivaldi & Mutter (10:14)
  2. 2 Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 94 bis: 2. Scherzo. Presto - Sergey Prokofiev & Mutter (4:52)
  3. 3 Porgy and Bess, opera: It Ain't Necessarily So - George Gershwin & André Previn (2:44)
  4. 4 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: 3. Rondo. Allegro - Ludwig van Beethoven & Fritz Kreisler (10:13)
  5. 5 Serenade (after Plato: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano: 4. Agathon. Adagio - André Previn & Leonard Bernstein (7:52)
  6. 6 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: 3. Finale. Allegro vivacissimo - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & André Previn (9:35)
  7. 7 Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in G major ("Regen"), Op. 78: 3. Allegro molto moderato - Johannes Brahms & Mutter (8:33)
  8. 8 Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 2. Andante - Johann Sebastian Bach & Mutter (6:43)
  9. 9 Sonata for violin & piano No. 32 in B flat major, K. 454: 2. Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Mutter (8:34)
  10. 10 Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 3. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace - Felix Mendelssohn & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (6:15)
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