Simply Anne-Sophie

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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 Andr? 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947762867
  • Catalog Number: 000718902

Album Credits

Performance Credits
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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