The mannerist extremes of Mutter’s style make her recording of the Korngold Concerto just as persuasive as Heifetz’ arch-Romantic rendering of fifty years ago. Her husband, André Previn, conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, knows the composer’s music better than anyone. Their account of the Tchaikovsky, with the Vienna Philharmonic, is equally bracing. - Russel Platt, The New Yorker Magazine, 01/17/2005
In the sheer magnitude of her dramatic gestures, Mutter would be hard to beat in this concerto; she makes some of the soaring cantabile, which might have seemed slightly melodramatic, truly take wing. Previn creates an atmospheric backdrop for her rapt declamation in the second movement;Read more and her reading of the finale, though perhaps not so crisp as Heifetz’s, has plenty of crunch and benefits from Previn’s bustling energy as well as his stylistic insight. Those who feel that the early promise of Mutter’s first recordings of Mozart with Herbert von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon 429 814) hasn’t been fully realized might be surprised by her performance of Korngold’s Concerto. It might even sweep away whatever doubts the Tchaikovsky reading had raised—but even that performance should hold its own for its many moments of bracing virtuosity. The critic who chastised Korngold’s Violin Concerto as more corn than gold might have changed his mind after hearing Mutter and Previn’s musical alchemy. Recommended urgently, then, for its transfigured Korngold Concerto and simply recommended for its elemental, if occasionally, quirky Tchaikovsky Concerto. Robert Maxham, FANFARE Read less
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Performer:
Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1878; Russia Date of Recording: 09/2003 Venue: Live Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria Length: 34 Minutes 55 Secs.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35by Erich Wolfgang Korngold Performer:
Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1945; USA Date of Recording: 10/2003 Venue: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London Length: 23 Minutes 43 Secs.
Violin Concerto in D, Op.35: 1. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D, Op.35: 2. Canzonetta: Andante - attacca:
Violin Concerto in D, Op.35: 3. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35: 1. Moderato nobile
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35: 2. Romance: Andante
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35: 3. Finale: Allegro assai vivace
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Weak TchaikovskyApril 6, 2014By James Kendall (Kentfield, CA)See All My Reviews"The squeakiest/weakest performance of the Tchaikovsky I've heard. The orchestra sounded in background like they were politely tip-toeing around, lest they awaken Mutter from her nap."Report Abuse
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