Mozart: The Violin Concertos; Sinfonia Concertante

Mozart: The Violin Concertos; Sinfonia Concertante

by Anne-Sophie Mutter

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Mozart: The Violin Concertos; Sinfonia Concertante

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is one of those classical superstars who has been at the top of her game for so long that she's taken to recording her instrument's masterpieces a second time; the concertos of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, for instance, have received such treatment from her. Here, in an attractive two-disc foldout set, she offers a reprise go-round of the Mozart concertos, the impetus being the 250th anniversary in 2006 of Mozart's birth (it also happens to be the 30th anniversary of Mutter's debut performance). For collectors, the all-in-one format certainly has the advantage of convenience, for Mutter's previous recordings are on different labels: The Third and Fifth concertos, accompanied by von Karajan, are currently in Deutsche Grammophon's "The Originals" series, while the remaining three, with Muti and Marriner conducting, comprise one of EMI's "Great Artists of the Century" releases. Moreover, the new set offers fresh attractions: Tempos are invariably a shade faster this time around, though not by much; Mutter's lustrous tone, interpretative �lan, and technical command are, if anything, even more finely honed; and the brisk, sharp-edged accompaniment of a cut-back London Philharmonic provides the violinist with ideal support. As an added bonus to round out the set, leading violist Yuri Bashmet joins Mutter for the great Sinfonia Concertante, their hot-blooded playing styles perfectly matched in a performance filled with flair and full-bodied timbre.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/08/2005
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947421528
catalogNumber: 000507802


  1. Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 211
  2. Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat major, K. 207
  3. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major ("Turkish") K. 219
  4. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
  5. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
  6. Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola & orchestra in E flat major, K. 364 (K. 320d)

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Mozart: The Violin Concertos; Sinfonia Concertante 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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ClasseekGeek More than 1 year ago
There are only two violinists on the "yellow label" who this listener recommends: Hilary Hahn and Anne-Sophie Mutter. I had given Ms. Hahn a glowing review of her Mozart Violin Sonatas with Natalie Zhu. I am equally enthralled by Ms. Mutter's towering performance of the Mozart Violin Concertos. For once, DGG gets it right. Mutter is perhaps this label's most endeared performer, and she shows it. Outright, Mutter emancipates herself by boldly proclaiming that Mozart has been with her at every juncture of her career. She demonstrates such fervent affections in her deliberate pacing, dramatic tempos and songful andantes. Indeed, she even commandeers the orchestra so that every note could be preserved in the widest dynamic range. This recording also includes a beautiful rendering of the Sinfonia Concertante with Bashmet never being so sublime as he is here. It is indeed a sparkling display of romantic vibrato without sacrificing the true intent of the score. Overall, this recording is in the demonstration bracket. Highly recommended indeed, and is among the few DGG Essential Recordings