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The Silver Album / Mutter, Orkis

Mutter / Orkis
Release Date: 06/10/2014 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002054902  
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsFritz KreislerGabriel FauréClaude Debussy,   ... 
Performer:  Lambert OrkisAnne-Sophie Mutter
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With this special 2-CD collection – including world-premiere recordings of Previn and Penderecki and new recordings of Ravel and Massenet – Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis mark 25 years of “a level of artistic partnership that is rare, even in the highest echelons of concert performance” (Seattle Times).

The celebrated violinist says, “Meeting Lambert was a stroke of luck for me. It quickly became clear how perfectly we breathe and phrase together. With Lambert I can do anything.”

It was in December 1988 that Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis gave their first joint recitals in America and immediately sensed that they shared a mutually sympathetic way of thinking about music which neither felt would ever
Read more change. For Anne-Sophie Mutter such an affinity is “either there or it isn’t. It’s hard to put it into words.“

Ever since the two of them have explored the musical worlds of many different composers in a wonderful artistic partnership.

For Lambert Orkis, the question of how such a partnership between artists can survive for so long without even the faintest murmur of disagreement is very simple: “We like one another, we like each other’s playing and we like each other’s company. This makes things a lot simpler, because we work very hard.

“Of course, we talk to each other, but we say very little about interpretation. We talk about politics and religion or about her dogs and my cats – and we never argue.”

And about Anne-Sophie Mutter he says, “Her playing is incredibly beautiful and well-informed, her taste absolutely sound, even in contemporary music. Anne-Sophie combines a very real delight in music with a spirit of adventure and an enormous passion for the matter in hand.”

With 40 minutes of new music, which she will be featuring on her tour concerts, and some of her most famous encores this album is a must-have for all Anne-Sophie Mutter fans.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Lambert Orkis (Piano), Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/2009 
2.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Lambert Orkis (Piano), Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Lambert Orkis (Piano), Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Caprice viennois, Op. 2 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Lambert Orkis (Piano), Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5.
Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin), Lambert Orkis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A major, Op. 13 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin), Lambert Orkis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 23 Secs. 
7.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 2 in D minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Lambert Orkis (Piano), Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
8.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 5 in F sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Lambert Orkis (Piano), Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
9.
Beau soir by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Lambert Orkis (Piano), Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1880; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
10.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, K 481 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lambert Orkis (Piano), Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2/2006 
Venue:  Live 
11.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 7 in C minor, Op. 30 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Lambert Orkis (Piano), Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 8/1998 
Venue:  Live Thiersch-Saal, Wiesbaden, Germany  
12.
Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Lambert Orkis (Piano), Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Date of Recording: 1/2014 
13.
Pièce en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Lambert Orkis (Piano), Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Date of Recording: 1/2014 
14.
La Follia by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin), Lambert Orkis (Piano)
Date of Recording: 1/2014 
15.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 by André Previn
Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin), Lambert Orkis (Piano)
Date of Recording: 1/2014 

Sound Samples

Sonata For Violin And Piano No.7 In C Minor, Op.30 No.2: 1. Allegro con brio
Sonata For Violin And Piano No.7 In C Minor, Op.30 No.2: 2. Adagio cantabile
Sonata For Violin And Piano No.7 In C Minor, Op.30 No.2: 3. Scherzo (Allegro)
Sonata For Violin And Piano No.7 In C Minor, Op.30 No.2: 4. Finale (Allegro)
Sonata For Violin And Piano No.2 In A, Op.100: 1. Allegro amabile
Sonata For Violin And Piano No.2 In A, Op.100: 2. Andante tranquillo
Sonata For Violin And Piano No.2 In A, Op.100: 3. Allegretto grazioso (Quasi andante)
La Follia Per Violino Solo: Andante
La Follia Per Violino Solo: Var. I Tempo I
La Follia Per Violino Solo: Var. II Allegro giocoso alla polacca
Violin Sonata No. 2: 3. Brilliant, Quasi Cadenza
La Follia Per Violino Solo: Var. III Adagio, ma non troppo
Thaïs: Meditation
La Follia Per Violino Solo: Var. IV Tempo I
Pièce en forme de Habanera
Beau Soir
La Follia Per Violino Solo: Var. V Allegro con brio
La Follia Per Violino Solo: Var. VI Tempo I
La Follia Per Violino Solo: Var. VII Allegretto
La Follia Per Violino Solo: Var. VIII Adagio tanquillo
La Follia Per Violino Solo: Var. IX Tempo I - più mosso - poco pesante - Tempo I
Schön Rosmarin
Caprice viennois Op.2
Liebesleid
Hungarian Dance No.1 In G Minor
Hungarian Dance No.2 In B Minor
Hungarian Dance No.5 In G Minor
Sonata For Piano And Violin In E Flat, K.481: 1. Molto allegro
Sonata For Piano And Violin In E Flat, K.481: 2. Adagio
Sonata For Piano And Violin In E Flat, K.481: 3. Allegretto (con variazioni)
Sonata For Violin And Piano No.1 In A, Op.13: 1. Allegro molto
Sonata For Violin And Piano No.1 In A, Op.13: 2. Andante
Sonata For Violin And Piano No.1 In A, Op.13: 3. Allegro vivo
Sonata For Violin And Piano No.1 In A, Op.13: 4. Allegro quasi presto
Violin Sonata No. 2: 1. Joyous
Violin Sonata No. 2: 2. Desolate - Fast, Like Shadows

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Left Me Muttering April 17, 2015 By John Rathbun (Mills River, NC) See All My Reviews "This recording left me muttering to myself... Then I had a flashback to a day when I came across some of Picasso's early sketches at the Louvre and suddenly I realized the man could really draw, so his later works look as they do because he wanted them that way... To approach Anne-Sophie Mutter in a similar vein, I recommend starting with the Brahms Hungarian Dances at the end of disk one. You will quickly realize that she can do ANYTHING with her fiddle, so any sounds you don't like elsewhere in this set are the consequences of her conscious election and not due to any technical limitation. Listen again to admire how Lambert Orkis adjusts his accompaniment to her ferociously idiosyncratic phrasing. Anybody who can make this overplayed music sound fresh and interesting, as they do, has my wholehearted approval. Next, I suggest the Beethoven Sonata #7 at the beginning of disk one. This will sound relatively tame by comparison, and you'll appreciate her sensitive romantic approach to a work that risks turning stale through repetition. Beethoven's adagios have always been among my favorites in his oeuvre, showing the romantic side of his soul that often escapes notice in Wagnerian renditions of his larger works. Mutter brings out this romanticism with exquisite taste and execution. Skipping over the Brahms Sonata #2, we come to an arresting work for solo violin by Penderecki that could have served as the soundtrack for The Blair Witch Project. None of Mutter's output could serve as background music, but this one requires especially careful attention. Her rendition of the three Kreisler miniatures is similarly striking, though the music itself is almost excessively obliging after the Penderecki. I had the most trouble liking Mutter's rendition of the Brahms Sonata #2. The second time through was a bit better for me than the first, but I still couldn't get comfortable with the third movement. My impression is that she was trying to depict something heroic with an instrument ill-suited to the purpose. I am left feeling that Brahms was mostly about gemutlichkeit, and who should know better about that than a Rheinlander like Mutter? Disc two of this set begins with Mozart's Sonata for Piano and Violin in E-flat Major K481. Orkis' playing is an inspiration throughout. In fact, this entire set could be a reference work for how to accompany on the piano. I was more comfortable with Mutter's third movement than the first two: there are many times when I want to grab her by the ears and pull her up on top of the pitch! André Previn's Sonata for Violin and Piano #2 is a welcome change from much contemporary writing. While innovative, he aims to please rather than to baffle. He has mastered the fine art of sounding familiar without stooping to parody. I plan to restudy this piece and would like to hear other interpretations before making up my mind about this one. Violin students will want to study the variety of effects of which the instrument is capable in this context. Unfortunately, the rest of this disc is French, and Mutter will never be my favorite exemplar of Gallic charm and wit. Buy it, but be prepared to struggle with the artist. The lady is not for backgrounding!" Report Abuse
 The Silver album/Mutter.Orkis July 10, 2014 By Evangeline W. (Berkeley, CA) See All My Reviews "Definitely a winner! I enjoyed very much the perfect pairing of this dynamic duo." Report Abuse
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