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Tango Song & Dance
     

Tango Song & Dance

by Anne-Sophie Mutter
 
"Songs and dances" is the concept behind this CD, says Anne-Sophie Mutter. Opening with the premiere recording of a new work by André Previn, entitled Tango and Dance, the program then veers from Brahms's Hungarian Dances to some well-known Gershwin tunes and some parlor-style

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"Songs and dances" is the concept behind this CD, says Anne-Sophie Mutter. Opening with the premiere recording of a new work by André Previn, entitled Tango and Dance, the program then veers from Brahms's Hungarian Dances to some well-known Gershwin tunes and some parlor-style virtuosic charmers by Fritz Kreisler, before concluding with Fauré's A Major Sonata. It's a curious hodgepodge, no doubt, but somehow it works. Previn's piece is both cool and lush, mixing the harmonic opulence of Korngold's film scores with the composer's unique brand of jazzy insouciance. Mutter's silky tone makes it utterly irresistible. On the other hand, her Brahms might raise eyebrows, for she plays these dances with a kind of rhythmic freedom that some might call schmaltzy. In Gershwin's music, though, a touch of schmaltz is required, and Mutter clearly has the style down pat; "My Man's Gone Now" is probably the most spine-tinglingly sensuous selection on the disc. The Kreisler is sweet and elegant, closer in spirit to the Previn than to the Brahms, surprisingly enough. And while it's true that the Fauré sonata does seem a little out of place in a recital of songs and dances -- "Fauré was a wonderful songwriter," Mutter reasons -- her affectionate, lithe performance provides its own justification. As usual, pianist Lambert Orkis is an ideal partner, particularly in his exquisite realization of the delicate filigree of the Fauré.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Anyone would assume from the title Tango Song and Dance that this album contains performances of Piazzolla and friends, representing an effort on the part of Anne-Sophie Mutter to cash in on the recent tango craze. Actually, the only tango-related piece here, the title composition by Mutter's husband Andr� Previn, was written in 1997 before that trend really got started in classical music. Instead, Tango Song and Dance offers a collection of dance-inflected pieces that diverges from Mutter's usual serious fare but benefits equally from her commanding musical personality. These performances are great fun and, for the most part, will take you back to the days of the star virtuoso. Previn joins Mutter on piano for his own work, and their complementarity -- he is suave, she intense -- is delightful. The work sounds not like Piazzolla but like Ravel composing a tango; its final movement is in a 7/8 time that cleverly trips up the tango feel. Some reviewers have reproached the liberties Mutter takes with the Joseph Joachim transcriptions of three Brahms "Hungarian Dances," but it's hard to imagine that Joachim, in Brahms' own time, would have done any less. Only in a group of selections from Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" does Mutter seem out of her element; she executes the Jascha Heifetz arrangements flawlessly, but despite former jazzman Previn's presence, it ain't got that swing. Mutter's usual sideman Lambert Orkis returns to the keyboard for three Fritz Kreisler encores, however (Previn plays only on the Gershwin and his own piece), and Mutter takes command once again with swooping, sentiment-drenched thrills. Faur�'s "Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 13," a tuneful piece with a whiff of the music hall, makes an unexpected but satisfying conclusion. In all, a wonderful outing for a great artist who deserved to lighten up.
Gramophone - Edward Greenfield
Mutter is inspired to play with uninhibited freedom of expression, both with her new husband...and with Lambert Orkis.... The disc bears witness to her individuality as one of today's supreme violinists.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2003
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0028947150022
catalogNumber:
1154018
Rank:
246950

Tracks

  1. Tango Song and Dance, for violin & piano
  2. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/1
  3. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in D flat major, WoO 1/6
  4. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in A major, WoO 1/7
  5. Selections (5) from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, arrangement for violin & piano: Summertime
  6. Selections (5) from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, arrangement for violin & piano: It Ain't Necessarily So
  7. Selections (5) from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, arrangement for violin & piano: Bess, You Is My Woman Now
  8. Selections (5) from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, arrangement for violin & piano: My Man's Gone Now
  9. Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano
  10. Caprice Viennois for violin & piano/orchestra, Op.2
  11. Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano
  12. Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in A major, Op. 13

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