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Anne-Sophie Mutter|Williams: Violin Concerto No. 2 & Selected Film Themes

Williams: Violin Concerto No. 2 & Selected Film Themes

Anne-Sophie Mutter

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Certainly, releases of John Williams' music, often conducted by the composer himself, have sold well, but his remarkable late-life creativity has been insufficiently appreciated (and he's at work on a score for Indiana Jones 5). The Violin Concerto No. 2 heard here was composed for Anne-Sophie Mutter in 2021, when he was 89, and as if that were not enough, Williams conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra crisply and with good control. He could certainly be forgiven for resting on his considerable laurels, but this does not happen, either compositionally or as a conductor. The violin concerto has entirely fresh structural ideas. Those coming from Williams' work as a film composer will recognize his essential voice, but it is grafted onto novel relationships between the violin and orchestra. Consider the opening Prologue movement, where Williams leaves a space near the beginning for improvisation on Mutter's part. Her contribution has a hint of jazz but is not a jazz solo. Then Williams ingeniously reintegrates the violin into the orchestral texture. The Rounds of the second movement are not the folk polyphonic form but murmuring "circular" figures in the orchestra, overlaid with Impressionistic and, here, jazz-like harmonies. The entire concerto holds one's attention, and Mutter's performance reflects close empathy between soloist and conductor. The program closes with arrangements of three of Williams' big movie themes, and here, Mutter pours on the sentiment. So there is something for everyone in this remarkable document, a best-seller in the spring of 2022.
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Violin Concerto No. 2 (John Williams)

1
I. Prologue
00:11:12

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Shawn Murphy, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Squire, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernhard Guettler, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cole Barbour, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
II. Rounds
00:09:28

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Shawn Murphy, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Squire, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernhard Guettler, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cole Barbour, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
III. Dactyls
00:06:00

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Shawn Murphy, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Squire, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernhard Guettler, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cole Barbour, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
IV. Epilogue
00:08:17

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Shawn Murphy, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Squire, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernhard Guettler, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cole Barbour, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
Williams: Theme (From "The Long Goodbye")
00:05:54

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Shawn Murphy, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John H Mercer, Author - Nick Squire, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernhard Guettler, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cole Barbour, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Williams: Han Solo and the Princess (From "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back")
00:05:26

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Shawn Murphy, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Squire, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernhard Guettler, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cole Barbour, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
Williams: Marion's Theme (From "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark")
00:04:23

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, MainArtist - Shawn Murphy, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Squire, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernhard Guettler, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cole Barbour, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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Certainly, releases of John Williams' music, often conducted by the composer himself, have sold well, but his remarkable late-life creativity has been insufficiently appreciated (and he's at work on a score for Indiana Jones 5). The Violin Concerto No. 2 heard here was composed for Anne-Sophie Mutter in 2021, when he was 89, and as if that were not enough, Williams conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra crisply and with good control. He could certainly be forgiven for resting on his considerable laurels, but this does not happen, either compositionally or as a conductor. The violin concerto has entirely fresh structural ideas. Those coming from Williams' work as a film composer will recognize his essential voice, but it is grafted onto novel relationships between the violin and orchestra. Consider the opening Prologue movement, where Williams leaves a space near the beginning for improvisation on Mutter's part. Her contribution has a hint of jazz but is not a jazz solo. Then Williams ingeniously reintegrates the violin into the orchestral texture. The Rounds of the second movement are not the folk polyphonic form but murmuring "circular" figures in the orchestra, overlaid with Impressionistic and, here, jazz-like harmonies. The entire concerto holds one's attention, and Mutter's performance reflects close empathy between soloist and conductor. The program closes with arrangements of three of Williams' big movie themes, and here, Mutter pours on the sentiment. So there is something for everyone in this remarkable document, a best-seller in the spring of 2022.
© TiVo

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