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Classical - Released August 10, 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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All these Penderecki works have been commissioned by Anne-Sophie Mutter and are duly dedicated to her (as well as to double bass player Roman Patkoló in the case of the 2010 Duo concertante for violin and double bass), this is thus doing them justice to gather them under the same helm. We go crescendo, from La Follia for solo violin from 2013, a series of variations, up to the Violin Sonata No. 2, « Metamorphosen » from 1995—conducted here by the composer himself—to the already mentioned Duo concertante and the Sonata for violin and piano from 1999. As so many composers from his era—let’s remember he was born in 1933—Penderecki has taken the “backward path”, starting as a composer in the path underlined by serialism, before straying away from it to come back to a much more melodic language, almost tonal and even sometimes Post-Romantic. For such a talented violinist as Anne-Sophie Mutter, fed with beauty and virtuosity, these works represent both an endless renewal and a constant challenge, while allowing her to develop her sonority and her passionate lyricism. Let’s note that these Metamorphosen have been recorded in 1997, and the partition’s ink had barely had time to dry. Incidentally, the other recordings have all been close to the writing date, underlining the emotional and artistic closeness of the two characters. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 1, 2002 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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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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Classical - Released January 1, 2003 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Anyone would assume from the title Tango Song and Dance that this album contains performances of Piazzolla and friends, representing an effort on the part of Anne-Sophie Mutter to cash in on the recent tango craze. Actually, the only tango-related piece here, the title composition by Mutter's husband André Previn, was written in 1997 before that trend really got started in classical music. Instead, Tango Song and Dance offers a collection of dance-inflected pieces that diverges from Mutter's usual serious fare but benefits equally from her commanding musical personality. These performances are great fun and, for the most part, will take you back to the days of the star virtuoso. Previn joins Mutter on piano for his own work, and their complementarity -- he is suave, she intense -- is delightful. The work sounds not like Piazzolla but like Ravel composing a tango; its final movement is in a 7/8 time that cleverly trips up the tango feel. Some reviewers have reproached the liberties Mutter takes with the Joseph Joachim transcriptions of three Brahms Hungarian Dances, but it's hard to imagine that Joachim, in Brahms' own time, would have done any less. Only in a group of selections from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess does Mutter seem out of her element; she executes the Jascha Heifetz arrangements flawlessly, but despite former jazzman Previn's presence, it ain't got that swing. Mutter's usual sideman Lambert Orkis returns to the keyboard for three Fritz Kreisler encores, however (Previn plays only on the Gershwin and his own piece), and Mutter takes command once again with swooping, sentiment-drenched thrills. Fauré's Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 13, a tuneful piece with a whiff of the music hall, makes an unexpected but satisfying conclusion. In all, a wonderful outing for a great artist who deserved to lighten up.
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Classical - Released January 1, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Quintets - Released November 3, 2017 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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It is not just a matter of showbiz that sees the names of Anne-Sophie Mutter and Daniil Trifonov written in big letters on the cover of this CD (well... even bigger than Schubert's name, but let's let that lie): in fact, they play on all the pieces in the album, and in particular the famous Trout Quintet (wiith Hwayoon Lee on the viola, Roman Patkoló on the double bass and Maximilian Hornung on the cello), but also the movement of trio D 897, "Notturno" - whose name was added by an editor, whereas it appears that this was a movement originally written for the trio in B flat then set aside - and the two Lieder adapted for violin and piano respectively, by Jascha Heifetz and Mischa Elman. First among equals, Mutter leads proceedings with both energy and a delicate touch, and it's a safe bet that although this is only the latest in a long line of recordings of this quicksilver masterpiece by Schubert, it will soon find a prominent place in the discographic hall of fame. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1999 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released August 1, 1978 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released October 2, 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released August 28, 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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The vogue for performing classical music in nightclubs has seemed to recede in its original homeland, the U.S., but not so in Europe, with the icily perfect Anne-Sophie Mutter as the somewhat unlikely representative of the trend. Mutter, who was apparently inspired to try this by her 20-something children, shows why she's one of the world's greats, adapting to the demands of the medium, and by all appearances having a lot of fun. Mutter and a handpicked group called Mutter's Virtuosi, featuring the superb Mahan Esfahani on harpsichord, essentially offer a program of familiar late Romantic tunes that might have been heard in the nightclub's nearest analogue of a century ago, the Viennese café, spicing it up with syncopated material (Gershwin and the Jamaican Rumba) on one hand, and Vivaldi and Bach on the other. Mutter pushes herself into tempo extremes she might not ordinarily try, and she gets a big cheer from the crowd with a couple of movements of the Vivaldi Four Seasons and, more unexpectedly, two Bach concerto movements. The whole thing has a loose, enthusiastic feel with the flavor of Mutter showing the youngsters what she can do, and it may be that she's hit on a more promising direction for such releases than her much younger American counterparts. Recommended and fun.
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Classical - Released January 1, 1995 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released April 6, 1992 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 2, 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released October 2, 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1998 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released October 16, 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1993 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2007 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Deutsche Grammophon's Simply Anne-Sophie is touted as "a unique collection of Anne-Sophie Mutter's incomparable Deutsche Grammophon recordings," it is simply one of several -- Mutter Modern, Romance, and The Great Violin Concertos are among others Deutsche Grammophon has compiled from its extensive Mutter holdings from over the years. Simply Anne-Sophie has a greater chronological range than its predecessors as its earliest entries date from 1992 recordings made for the hit disc Carmen-Fantaisie and stretches through to some selections from Mutter Mozart: Violin Concertos, recorded at Abbey Road in 2005. Some may wonder how long Deutsche Grammophon is going to be able to keep these reissues of Mutter coming, but now it seems like the label is merely getting an early start, as Mutter has announced that the touring season in 2007-2008 will be her last. Simply Anne-Sophie looks like a project that has been on the back burner for a while; a paragraph of the notes and a couple of photographs are devoted to Mutter's musical and marital relationship to conductor and composer André Previn. The marital part of this union was quietly concluded in a divorce court in September 2006. Mutter looks, as usual, like a million dollars on the front cover and sounds like another million on the inside. But the title is stupid -- there is nothing "simple" about Anne-Sophie Mutter, who has stated on her website that she plays more benefit concerts than paying gigs because she "has committed herself to alleviating the medical and social problems of our times." Elsewhere she has said that she wishes that she "could wave a magic wand and have nuclear weapons and powerplants that threaten our planet disappear." Mutter's bow IS a magic wand that can melt the hearts of an audience and change one's feeling about what it is to experience music. Whether she is able to achieve even part of her lofty vision for the world as a place for everyone to live is something we will probably not know until she's gone, but the sentiments, and her hard work to fulfill them, are admirable. It's a shame that Deutsche Grammophon couldn't reflect more of these interests in compiling Simply Anne-Sophie; they had to rely on the glamour babe with a serious side angle that they've always pursued. Admittedly, Simply Anne-Sophie would be a nice one for a total neophyte to Mutter's work to find a way into her world, and if it brings one kid around to liking his/her violin a bit more, then it will have done more than its job.
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Classical - Released January 1, 1981 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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