Dutilleux: Sur le même accord, etc.

Dutilleux: Sur le même accord, etc.

by Mutter
     
 

Few of today's star violinists have shown as strong a commitment to contemporary music as Anne-Sophie Mutter. New works by Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm -- and more recently her husband, André Previn -- have figured prominently in her repertoire, and her commanding technique ensures that even the most difficult music…  See more details below

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Few of today's star violinists have shown as strong a commitment to contemporary music as Anne-Sophie Mutter. New works by Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm -- and more recently her husband, André Previn -- have figured prominently in her repertoire, and her commanding technique ensures that even the most difficult music is a joy to listen to. The occasion for the release at hand is the world premiere of a work composed for Mutter by Henri Dutilleux. Born in 1916 and still active as he approaches his 90s, Dutilleux is an exquisite craftsman; if his catalog of works is small, it's because of the meticulous care that he lavishes on each new composition. As a case in point, Sur le même accord [On the Same Chord] was commissioned when Mutter was a teenager and has germinated over the course of decades. The composer terms the work a "Nocturne," which seems wholly apt for this dreamlike tour through briefly glimpsed ideas and shimmering mirages of sound, all conjured with great authority by Mutter in this live recording. (At nine minutes in length, it's far more concentrated than Dutilleux's other work for violin and orchestra, the full-length concerto L'Arbre des songes, composed for Isaac Stern.) Mutter follows this prelude with two 20th-century classics, the violin concertos of Béla Bartók and Igor Stravinsky. These are reissues of recordings from 1988 and 1991, and it's a pleasure to encounter them again; they've held up extremely well against the more recent competition. Mutter's Bartók is eloquent, and her Stravinsky is truly a benchmark recording, the music's neo-classical verve propelled by wonderfully incisive and perfectly judged playing. Combining the new Dutilleux work with these classic Mutter performances, this disc is rewarding in the extreme.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Long admired for her powerful playing and respected as a champion of new music, Anne-Sophie Mutter is the recipient of numerous pieces composed especially for her by the leading contemporary masters. Henri Dutilleux wrote his nocturne for violin and orchestra, "Sur le m�me accord," for Mutter, and this live, world-premiere recording of the debut performance demonstrates why composers trust her with their music. Dutilleux's work is as fastidious and well-crafted as ever, transparently orchestrated to keep the violin part clear at all times, and expansively drawn to highlight Mutter's rich lines and sweeping bowing. With her penetrating interpretation and strong execution, Mutter guarantees this work a place in the repertoire. Yet "Sur le m�me accord" is extremely short at nine minutes, and the disc is necessarily filled with longer concertos, plainly not written for Mutter. Her 1991 recording with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra of Bart�k's "Violin Concerto No. 2" is a fine choice, for it fits comfortably with Dutilleux's piece in its dark moods and subdued timbres. Stravinsky's "Concerto in D," recorded in 1988 with Paul Sacher and the Philharmonia Orchestra, is also worthwhile, though its placement after Bart�k's longer "Concerto" makes it seem anticlimactic and a bit like padding. DG's sound quality is fine.
Gramophone - Rob Cowan
[Sur le m�me accord] perfectly fits Mutter's famous dynamism and her frequent extremes from stunned pianos to big, fruity fortes. The language is volatile and colorful, calling on harmonics, pizzicati and sul ponticello. Dutilleux engages his soloist in all manner of play, wooing her one moment, challenging her the next, his scoring generous but always used with the greatest skill.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2005
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0028947753766
catalogNumber:
1154022

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  1. Sur le même accord, nocturne for violin & orchestra  - Henri Dutilleux  - Kurt Masur  - Fred Munzmaier  - Anne-Sophie Mutter  -  Orchestre National de France
  2. Violin Concerto (No. 2) in B minor, Sz. 112, BB 117  - Béla Bartók  - Alison Ames  -  Boston Symphony Orchestra  - Fred Munzmaier  - Anne-Sophie Mutter  - Seiji Ozawa  - Steven Paul
  3. Violin Concerto in D major  - Igor Stravinsky  - Fred Munzmaier  - Anne-Sophie Mutter  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Paul Sacher  - Steven Paul

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