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Penderecki: Violin Concerto No 2; Etc / Mutter, Penderecki

Release Date: 01/14/1998 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 453507   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Krzysztof PendereckiBéla Bartók
Performer:  Anne-Sophie MutterLambert Orkis
Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording of Penderecki's 'Concerto for Violin no 2' received the 1999 Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance with Orchestra." Penderecki's Concerto received the Award for "Best Classical Contemporary Composition."

The Bartok Sonata was recorded at the same time as the works on the Mutter/Orkis Berlin recital which DD found prone to “interpretative extravagances” (12/96). Given the heavyweight competition – in particular, the stunning performance by Gidon Kremer and Oleg Maisenberg – it would be difficult to hail this new account as an outright winner. But it’s also hard to imagine a finer one, not least because the particular technical and
Read more interpretative challenges of one of Bartok’s finest works suit these players down to the ground. This is a reading informed from first to last with a perfect sense of style, and the recording has the ideal blend of clarity and atmosphere.

I approached Penderecki’s Second Violin Concerto, completed in 1995, with some trepidation, having found so many of his later works overlong and under-inspired. As a 38-minute single movement, it is undoubtedly diffuse in form, and the quality of the musical thinking is also variable.Nevertheless, the predom- inant tone of direct and impassioned lament, occasionally recalling the powerful austerity of the composer’s earliest works, is strongly projected in a performance which benefits enormously from Anne-Sophie Mutter’s charisma and virtuosity. The faster episodes are often derivative (I’m sure I heard the “DSCH” motif), but there is sufficient variety of texture, and rhythmic pattern, to ensure that the music never stagnates. Above all, the hauntingly understated ending reinforces the impression of a work that, warts and all, deserves to be heard – and especially in this supremely authoritative and excellently recorded version.

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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin no 2 "Metamorphosen" by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992-1995 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Watford Colosseum, England 
Length: 38 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2, Sz 76 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Lambert Orkis (Piano), Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 19 Minutes 47 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Metamorphosen, Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr. 2: 1. Allegro ma non troppo
Metamorphosen, Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr. 2: 2. Allegretto
Metamorphosen, Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr. 2: 3. Molto
Metamorphosen, Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr. 2: 4. Vivace
Metamorphosen, Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr. 2: 5. Scherzando
Metamorphosen, Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr. 2: 6. Andante con moto
Sonata No.2 for violin & piano, Sz.76: 1. Molto moderato
Sonata No.2 for violin & piano, Sz.76: 2. Allegretto

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