No Description Available. Genre: Classical Music Media Format: Compact Disk Rating: Release Date: 8-MAY-2001
NR (Not Rated)
Original recording remastered
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This is a review for Ms Mutter's recording of the Bruch. If you have never heard the beauty of this concerto you don't know what you're missing! My favorite recordings of the wonderful Bruch Concerto One are by Kyung Wha Chung and Pinchas Zukerman who both played with incredible beauty. What I found liberating about this recording is Ms Mutter's willingness to stretch out with her feelings. I think that she recieves alot of criticism for her personalized interpretations that stray from the composer's intent but come on, who wants to her it played the same way over and over? I believe this is her intention: to deliver a highly personalized performance full of an individualized style. That is certainly the case here, Ms Mutter delivers a wonderful Bruch that is expanded with her ideas especilly with respect to rythm and tempo. An individualized approach to a great work keeps the piece fresh as though it were a different piece of music, I still enjoy listening to this recording...
These are two of the most popular violin concertos in the repertoire and both are highly Romantic, so this should be a dream pairing. Well, in the hands of Ann Sophie Mutter and Herbert von Karajan, it is.
Ms. Mutter's playing comes across as effortless. For me the hallmark of virtuosity is that the playing doesn't come across as virtuoso but as completely natural. The accompaniment by the Berlin ensemble is very lush and always empathetic to Ms. Mutter's performance.
Although both pieces are performed flawlessly, I find the Mendelssohn to be demonstration worthy. Put this on this when you have friends over without saying anything. If they don't demand to know what CD it is, they're no great fans of music.
A fantastic record - a unique combination of von Karajan and his "protegee" Anne-Sophie Mutter, who gave an excellent, mature performance of these concertos at the age of 18. Needless to say that the recording quality of DG (DDD in 1981) is astounding, and the Berlin Philharmonic has rarely been in a more romantic mood - with the necessary power, if necessary. One of my favorite recordings!
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