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Dutilleux, Bartók, Stravinsky / Anne-sophie Mutter

Release Date: 03/08/2005 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 1154022   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henri DutilleuxBéla BartókIgor Stravinsky
Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter
Conductor:  Kurt MasurSeiji OzawaPaul Sacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National OrchestraBoston Symphony OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Henri Dutilleux’s Nocturne, of which Anne-Sophie Mutter’s recording with Kurt Masur constitutes the premiere,...lasts just under nine minutes. Its title suggests that it explicates one chord—actually, according to Paul Griffiths’s booklet notes, the “chord” consists of six notes, stated at the outset. The piece explores a wide harmonic range of harmonies and timbres, but it’s essentially lyrical, although it hardly lacks compelling drama (or at least elevated oratory). Stunningly apt sonorities (Dutilleux shares an uncannily discerning ear for combinations with composers as diverse as Vivaldi and Stravinsky) envelop the work’s alternately languid and pixilated eloquence with an enchanted atmosphere. Mutter waited a long time for the Read more bread to bake: from her midteens when it was commissioned until her thirties when she premiered it. She plays the work with lean but allusive urgency... Mutter’s performance [of the Bartok Concerto], while not perhaps quite so commanding as Gil Shaham’s (Deutsche Grammophon 289 459 639-2), to which I noted its similarity, still offers a combination of vitality and virtuosity with sensitivity and nuance sufficient to maintain its place among the handful of most appealing and accessible accounts...Mutter delivers a more visceral performance [of the Stravinsky Conerto], to my mind, than did Itzhak Perlman, to whose version I’ve made a blind comparison during a violin lesson—in Mutter’s favor...The notes point to the collaboration of violinist and composer to tie these works together, but whatever categories might seem appropriate, each of the performances has sufficient (and in the reissues’ cases, long enduring) luster to merit a strong general recommendation in itself. Yoked together and coupled with a fresh reading of an idiomatic and prepossessing new composition commissioned for the performer herself, these reissues become, if anything, even more desirable. Highly recommended."

Robert Maxham, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

Sur le męme accord by Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Live  Champs-Elysées Theatre, Paris, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin no 2, Sz 112 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937-1938; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Boston Symphony Hall, Massachusetts 
Length: 38 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin in D major by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul Sacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 21 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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