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Extraordinary German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter at her Finest!!!
Sound 9/10 Dennis Davis HIFI +
Anne-Sophie Mutter is joined by the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by James Levine performing Sarasate's Carmen-Fantasie!
Some violinists impress by a dazzling technique, as flawless and polished as a diamond. Some impress by the intensity of their vision, their genius for saying something fresh with a musical phrase that the listener may have heard a thousand times before. Others by their daring, their willingness to push themselves beyond the boundaries of safety - perhaps by choosing an audacious tempo, or by producing some extraordinary and startling tone-colour. Anne-Sophie Mutter does all this and more!
Gathered together here is music that Mutter might play as encores after an intense recital or concerto programme. Several were written by composers who were themselves virtuoso violinists, and whose very intention was to test the technical mettle of all who dared to attempt a performance. For some violinists, simply playing the notes would be enough. But being Mutter, these pieces are interpreted with as much care and intelligence as the most profound concerto.
Discovered as a child prodigy by Herbert von Karajan, Mutter has been holding the world's music-lovers mesmerized for over 17 years.
"It is unashamedly a fun record, and even Mutter has rarely played with such freedom and warmth, obviously enjoying these display pieces every bit as much as the repertory concertos and new works that are her staple diet. The gipsy flavours of the two Sarasate pieces, as well as of Ravel's "Tzigane," sound even more exotic than usual, and rarely has the brilliant sound section, with its Hungarian fire, sounded quite so exciting with a stunning accelerando at the end. The tender repose which she then brings to the Massenet "Meditation" is thus all the more affecting...Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy, which provides the whole disc with its title, is as high-powered as the Ravel...with James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic providing Mutter with comparably weighty and committed accompaniment, I have to say her performance thrusts home powerfully." - Edward Greenfield, Gramophone (1993)
Recorded: Vienna, Musikverein, Grosser Saal, November 1992.
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Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
James Levine, conductor
LP1 - Side 1:
Pablo De Sarasate (1844-1908)
1. Zigeunerweisen op. 20
Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)
2. Legende en sol mineur op. 17
LP1 - Side 2:
Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770)
1. Sonata in G Minor "Devil's Trill" (arranged by Riccardo Zandonai)
LP2 - Side 3:
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
LP2 - Side 4:
Pablo De Sarasate (1844 - 1908)
1.-5. Fantaisie de Concert sur des motifs de l'opera "Carmen"
Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)
6. Berceuse en re majeur op. 16
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