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Anne-Sophie Mutter|Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Romances (Live)

Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Romances (Live)

Anne-Sophie Mutter, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur

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"Personal maturity and humility are vitally important in the face of Beethoven's tragic character." That quotation opens the booklet included in DG's deluxe packaging of Anne-Sophie Mutter's new recording of Beethoven's Violin Concerto and violin Romances. The statement ironically illuminates the two fundamental flaws of Mutter's performances: they are themselves neither mature nor humble. Is it humility that caused Mutter to overload her performance of the concerto with incessant tempo rubato, deliberately twisting Beethoven's classically shaped concerto into a series of disjunct and disparate gestures? Is it humility that caused Mutter to burden her performances of the two Romances with a tone so lush and an interpretation so sensual that Beethoven's coy little charmers become lascivious seductresses? And is it maturity that caused Mutter -- arguably one of the greatest violinists of her generation -- to impose her interpretive will on Beethoven, arguably one of the greatest composers who ever lived? For all the many beauties of Mutter's performance -- and her performance is often drop-dead gorgeous -- her interpretation is so self-serving, so lacking in either maturity or humility, that one cannot recommend it except as an exercise in empty beauty.
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Violin Concerto in D, op. 61 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
I. Allegro ma non troppo - Cadenza: Fritz Kreisler (Live)
Kurt Masur
00:27:08

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Fritz Kreisler, Composer, Cadenzor - Kurt Masur, Conductor, MainArtist - New York Philharmonic, Orchestra, MainArtist - Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthias Spindler, Unknown, Other - Ulrich Vette, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Günter Hermanns, Unknown, Other - Reinhild Schmidt, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Martin T:son Engstroem, Producer - Mark Buecker, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhard Lagemann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
II. Larghetto (Live)
Kurt Masur
00:10:58

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Masur, Conductor, MainArtist - New York Philharmonic, Orchestra, MainArtist - Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthias Spindler, Unknown, Other - Ulrich Vette, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Günter Hermanns, Unknown, Other - Reinhild Schmidt, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Martin T:son Engstroem, Producer, Executive Producer - Mark Buecker, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhard Lagemann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
III. Rondo. Allegro (Cadenza: Fritz Kreisler) (Live)
Kurt Masur
00:10:10

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Fritz Kreisler, Composer, Cadenzor - Kurt Masur, Conductor, MainArtist - New York Philharmonic, Orchestra, MainArtist - Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthias Spindler, Unknown, Other - Ulrich Vette, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Günter Hermanns, Unknown, Other - Reinhild Schmidt, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Martin T:son Engstroem, Producer - Mark Buecker, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhard Lagemann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Violin Romance No.1 in G major, Op.40 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

4
Beethoven: Violin Romance No. 1 in G Major, Op. 40 (Live)
New York Philharmonic
00:07:11

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Masur, Conductor, MainArtist - New York Philharmonic, Orchestra, MainArtist - Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthias Spindler, Unknown, Other - Ulrich Vette, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Günter Hermanns, Unknown, Other - Reinhild Schmidt, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Martin T:son Engstroem, Producer - Mark Buecker, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhard Lagemann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
Beethoven: Violin Romance No. 2 in F Major, Op. 50 (Live)
New York Philharmonic
00:08:22

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Kurt Masur, Conductor, MainArtist - New York Philharmonic, Orchestra, MainArtist - Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthias Spindler, Unknown, Other - Ulrich Vette, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Günter Hermanns, Unknown, Other - Reinhild Schmidt, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Martin T:son Engstroem, Producer - Mark Buecker, Producer, Editor, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhard Lagemann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

"Personal maturity and humility are vitally important in the face of Beethoven's tragic character." That quotation opens the booklet included in DG's deluxe packaging of Anne-Sophie Mutter's new recording of Beethoven's Violin Concerto and violin Romances. The statement ironically illuminates the two fundamental flaws of Mutter's performances: they are themselves neither mature nor humble. Is it humility that caused Mutter to overload her performance of the concerto with incessant tempo rubato, deliberately twisting Beethoven's classically shaped concerto into a series of disjunct and disparate gestures? Is it humility that caused Mutter to burden her performances of the two Romances with a tone so lush and an interpretation so sensual that Beethoven's coy little charmers become lascivious seductresses? And is it maturity that caused Mutter -- arguably one of the greatest violinists of her generation -- to impose her interpretive will on Beethoven, arguably one of the greatest composers who ever lived? For all the many beauties of Mutter's performance -- and her performance is often drop-dead gorgeous -- her interpretation is so self-serving, so lacking in either maturity or humility, that one cannot recommend it except as an exercise in empty beauty.
© TiVo

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