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Simply Anne-Sophie
     

Simply Anne-Sophie

by Anne-Sophie Mutter
 

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Don't be misled by the title of this compilation: Even if she can make the fiercest musical challenges sound absolutely effortless, there's never been anything "simple" about the artistry of violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. It's true that the selections on Simply Anne-Sophie are drawn from her most accessible recordings; the

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Don't be misled by the title of this compilation: Even if she can make the fiercest musical challenges sound absolutely effortless, there's never been anything "simple" about the artistry of violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. It's true that the selections on Simply Anne-Sophie are drawn from her most accessible recordings; the only hint here of her strong commitment to contemporary music is a lyrical excerpt from her husband André Previn's Tango Song & Dance. But even if the album doesn't offer a comprehensive portrait of Mutter (it's hard to imagine a single-disc program that could do justice to her many facets), there's no arguing with any of the wonderful performances that are included here. Her recent Mozart project is well represented by two contrasting concerto movements, the invigorating final Rondo from the Third Concerto and the richly expressive Adagio from the Fifth. No less striking is a highlight from Mutter's boldly colorful Four Seasons recording, the opening Allegro from "Spring," which sounds just as fresh as it did upon its first release. The program's second half treads lightly through a charm-filled series of encores, most of which (Massenet's "Meditation," Gershwin's "Summertime") highlight the sensitive beauty of Mutter's tone and phrasing. If the final showpiece, Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy, allows her to revel in sheer technical flair, it's a tribute to the range of her talents that the same musician who plumbs the depths of Berg and Bartók on other recordings can also communicate this kind of vivacious, audience-pleasing joy. In either case, she approaches the task with total commitment, and perhaps that's the quality -- simply put -- that makes Anne-Sophie Mutter such a consistently compelling performer.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2006
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947762867
catalogNumber:
000718902

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Performance Credits

Anne-Sophie Mutter   Primary Artist,Violin,Conductor
André Previn   Piano
James Levine   Conductor
New York Philharmonic   Performing Ensemble
London Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Kurt Masur   Conductor
Lambert Orkis   Piano
Trondheim Soloists (Trondheimsolistene)   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Michael Fine   Executive Producer
Fred Munzmaier   Art Direction
Stewart Spencer   Liner Note Translation
Roger Wright   Executive Producer
Uwe Friedrich   Liner Notes
Werner Mayer   Producer
Ewald Markl   Producer
Reinhild Schmidt   Producer
Tina Tahir   Cover Photo
Ulrich Vette   Producer
Martin Engstrom   Executive Producer

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