Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Tartini: The Devil's Trill

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Barnes & Noble - Jim Svejda
In the last few years, Anne-Sophie Mutter has become a very different sort of violinist. Although she has always been one of the most accomplished and intelligent performers of her generation, Mutter's playing began to acquire a new depth and sense of purpose a number of years ago -- perhaps because of her natural evolution as a performer, perhaps because of a personal tragedy that touched her life. After spending a year playing nothing but the Beethoven sonatas her Deutsche Grammophon set with pianist Lambert Orkis is now the most probing and comprehensive modern recording of the cycle, Mutter has emerged as one of the most consistently fascinating musicians around. ...
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Barnes & Noble - Jim Svejda
In the last few years, Anne-Sophie Mutter has become a very different sort of violinist. Although she has always been one of the most accomplished and intelligent performers of her generation, Mutter's playing began to acquire a new depth and sense of purpose a number of years ago -- perhaps because of her natural evolution as a performer, perhaps because of a personal tragedy that touched her life. After spending a year playing nothing but the Beethoven sonatas her Deutsche Grammophon set with pianist Lambert Orkis is now the most probing and comprehensive modern recording of the cycle, Mutter has emerged as one of the most consistently fascinating musicians around. Witness her recent version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Unlike her earlier recording -- a straightforward and, for many, straight-jacketed account with Herbert von Karajan -- the new version is a revelation. Dedicated to the memory of her husband, Dr. Detlef Wundelich, Mutter's new interpretation is among the most celebratory and intensely personal recordings that this familiar music has ever received. Working with the Trondheim Soloists, a small Norwegian ensemble, the violinist approaches the music with little in the way of historical baggage. Not the slightest attempt is made to place the music in its historical context, and even less attention is paid to the austere niceties of "period" performance practice. The result is something that sometimes sounds perilously close to a Baroque jam session, with tempos, phrasing, and ornamentation that have a wonderfully spontaneous, conversational, make-it-up-as-you-go quality that's extremely seductive. If the Seasons have begun to lose their charm for you -- or, if you're like me and they never had much to begin with -- then Mutter's joyously unconventional reading may be the best remedy.
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Anne-Sophie Mutter returns to Vivaldi's four concertos with a reading so personal and magnetic that it stands superbly apart. Mutter is above all deeply reflective, reacting emotionally to each movement, allowing herself a free expansiveness at generally broad speeds.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/1999
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028946325926
  • Catalog Number: 463259
  • Sales rank: 75,010

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Mutter Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    STUNNING IN ALL RESPECTS

    While this ablum commands top pricing..it is a work of Art. Yes there
    is a Photo shoot of Annie-sophie Mutter in six poses that could be used
    on the glossy ladies magazines ( COSMO) and some male magazines (GQ)

    The playing by all members of the Tronheim sololists is superb, first rate. I can listen to it all day....The Four Seasons is far to short...
    so enjoyable. Ms. Mutter's recorded sound is just like concert live.
    She has a very young style for somebody that has played for 30 years.

    It appears that all the current female super violinist stars use
    to great advantage all the gifts that Nature has endowed on them.

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