Tchaikovsky, Korngold: Violin Concertos

Tchaikovsky, Korngold: Violin Concertos

by Mutter
     
 

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If you want a fiery live performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, look no further. In Anne-Sophie Mutter's second recording of this work -- performed alongside her husband, conductor André Previn -- her virtuosic technique remains as dazzling as ever, but she raises the stakes withSee more details below

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If you want a fiery live performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, look no further. In Anne-Sophie Mutter's second recording of this work -- performed alongside her husband, conductor André Previn -- her virtuosic technique remains as dazzling as ever, but she raises the stakes with new extremes of passion and excitement. From her first solo statement of the first movement's main theme, Mutter's very personal expressive spin is evident, as the music bends and sways under the nuances of tempo and tone color that she adopts -- and which Previn and the orchestra gamely follow. Mutter is not afraid to risk compromising the beauty of her tone occasionally in the name of expression, but these gambles pay off, and the performance's overall thrill lingers in the memory. Stepping from concert hall into the recording studio for Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Violin Concerto, Mutter offers what is surely the finest rendition of this delectable late-Romantic showpiece since Jascha Heifetz introduced it. Here she produces purely gorgeous sounds on her instrument that are matched at every moment by the sumptuous cushion of tone that Previn draws out of the London Symphony Orchestra: The spine-tingling splashes of harp and celesta are particularly effective. (Previn has already shown his mastery of Korngold's irresistibly lush style on an award-winning recording of the composer's film scores, and on a recording of this same concerto with Itzhak Perlman as soloist.) It has always lingered on the margins of the violin repertoire, but thanks to Mutter and Previn's advocacy and their thoroughly enchanting performance, Korngold's concerto should finally get the full respect it deserves.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
"Performing contemporary music had added immeasurably to the way I play Tchaikovsky's "Concerto," writes violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in the liner notes to her second recording of the work in 20 years. To be more precise, what performing contemporary music has added to Mutter's performance of Tchaikovsky's concerto is an abrasive tone, an aggressive technique, and an interpretation that treats Tchaikovsky's tender little concerto as if it were a lover who liked it rough and raw. Although there is no denying Mutter's virtuosity, her performance is at best willful and at worst wrongful. "Anne-Sophie makes the structure of Korngold's piece clearer than anyone else," writes conductor Andr� Previn in the liner notes of his wife's performance of Korngold's "Violin Concerto." To be more precise, it is Previn who makes the structure clearer, who, indeed, makes this the most persuasive performance of the piece ever recorded. An old hand at the music of Korngold, Previn's sensitive conducting shapes an ardent but cogent performance, a performance that lets Korngold's lines sing and soar but always in context of a convincing structure. Mutter, who thankfully has not added any hint of "contemporary music" to Korngold's neo-Romantic piece, plays with all the subtlety, taste, and beauty of which she is capable. The result is one of the most completely compelling performances of the work ever recorded. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is transparent with a slight hint of reverberation.
The New Yorker - Russell Platt
The mannerist extremes of Mutter's style make her recording of the Korngold Concerto just as persuasive as Heifetz' arch-Romantic rendering of fifty years ago.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2004
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947451525
catalogNumber:
000352602
Rank:
108622

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - André Previn  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Martin Engstrom  - Ewald Markl  - Fred Munzmaier  - Anne-Sophie Mutter
  2. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35  - Erich Wolfgang Korngold  - André Previn  - Martin Engstrom  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Fred Munzmaier  - Anne-Sophie Mutter

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