Mendelssohn, Brahms: Violin Concertos

Mendelssohn, Brahms: Violin Concertos

by Anne-Sophie Mutter


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Mendelssohn, Brahms: Violin Concertos

Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto is another one of those popular favorites whose originality and perfection are taken for granted. Although it's in three distinct movements, Mendelssohn attempted to create the impression of a concise, unbroken whole -- one of the first concertos so constructed. But within the tight structure, the music also offers a variety of moods: The first movement is lyrical and melancholy, the second movement is a sweet, slow song, and the finale is a sparkling and feather-light display of virtuosity. Brahms's Violin Concerto is pitched at a higher level of emotional intensity. The young German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter doesn't really get to show off as she does in the last movement of the Mendelssohn, but this music requires a musician with impeccable technique and the ability to keep the melodic line tautly strung. Mutter has technique to burn, a gorgeous, glamorous sound, and phenomenal musical maturity -- especially considering that she was barely out of her teens when these recordings were made.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/14/1995
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028944551525
catalogNumber: 445515
Rank: 115453


  1. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
  2. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

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