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There are only two violinists on the "yellow label" who this listener recommends: Hilary Hahn and Anne-Sophie Mutter. I had given Ms. Hahn a glowing review of her Mozart Violin Sonatas with Natalie Zhu. I am equally enthralled by Ms. Mutter's towering performance of the Mozart Violin Concertos.
For once, DGG gets it right. Mutter is perhaps this label's most endeared performer, and she shows it. Outright, Mutter emancipates herself by boldly proclaiming that Mozart has been with her at every juncture of her career. She demonstrates such fervent affections in her deliberate pacing, dramatic tempos and songful andantes. Indeed, she even commandeers the orchestra so that every note could be preserved in the widest dynamic range.
This recording also includes a beautiful rendering of the Sinfonia Concertante with Bashmet never being so sublime as he is here. It is indeed a sparkling display of romantic vibrato without sacrificing the true intent of the score.
Overall, this recording is in the demonstration bracket. Highly recommended indeed, and is among the few DGG Essential Recordings
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Posted February 9, 2010
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