Konzert fur Violine und Orchester D-dur op.77: Allegro non troppo
Konzert fur Violine und Orchester D-dur op.77: Adagio
Konzert fur Violine und Orchester D-dur op.77: Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco piu presto
Fantasie für Violine und Orchester C-dur op. 131: Moderato semplice ma espressivo
Miracles CAN happen! Anne-Sophie Mutter is a great violinist, no doubt about it (and the highest paid classical performer in Germany, according to some sources). Kurt Masur is reliable, but rarely inspired. Well, here's on... more »e of those evenings where everything went just right, for this is a Brahms concerto that stands shoulder to shoulder with the great recordings of the past. Mutter plays with her customary scrupulous attention to detail, but also with a more than usual dose of passion and fire, especially in the zippy finale. Masur follows her like a shark on the scent of blood, providing accompaniments that are sharply characterized and rhythmically taut--simply stunning. --David Hurwitz« less
Miracles CAN happen! Anne-Sophie Mutter is a great violinist, no doubt about it (and the highest paid classical performer in Germany, according to some sources). Kurt Masur is reliable, but rarely inspired. Well, here's one of those evenings where everything went just right, for this is a Brahms concerto that stands shoulder to shoulder with the great recordings of the past. Mutter plays with her customary scrupulous attention to detail, but also with a more than usual dose of passion and fire, especially in the zippy finale. Masur follows her like a shark on the scent of blood, providing accompaniments that are sharply characterized and rhythmically taut--simply stunning. --David Hurwitz
"I thought that Mutter's earlier recording of the Brahms concerto with Herbert von Karajan was one of the best I'd ever heard, but along came this new recording which blew that notion to bits. This recording is simply perfection, and in a piece which has been described by some as "too cerebral" with an overly long (and boring) First Movement, Mutter manages to keep the listener interested and engaged throughout. The cadenza and finishing lines of the First Movement are masterful and beautiful, and the pacing of the Second Movement makes it a perfect "calm zone" between the first and third movements. In the Third Movement, Mutter again out-does herself. I thought that I'd never hear a better rendition of the Third Movement than the one she recorded with von Karajan, but she proved me wrong. The musical lines of this movement are actually quite lyrical despite their martial feel, and Mutter is the only artiste I have heard (apart, perhaps, from Oistrakh) who has the technical command and lyricism to bring out these melodies. If you only listen to one recording of the Brahms concerto in your lifetime, this might as well be it. After all, you'll also be treated to a splendid "encore" in the Schumann Fantasie, which sounds like a technical nightmare for the violinist but is sheer pleasure and thrill for the listener, especially when the violinist is Anne-Sophie Mutter. Just note how she commands the piece, hopping, skipping, tripping and sliding through those notes as though having fun in the playground. Simply sensational. Highly, highly recommended."
This is the mother of all Brahms Concertos - simply the best
Jill Tan | 10/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One thing that has impressed me about Anne-Sophie Mutter is that, unlike many other virtuosos, she has continually improved during the span of her career. Her new Brahms concerto shows a musically maturity unseen in her 1981 recording with Karajan. This is simply the best Brahms Concerto ever, and I've heard many Brahms Concertos - Perlman, Vengerov, Heifetz, Hahn, Mintz, etc... Mutter's performance here is superior in every respect to all other recordings. Mutter probes the music of Brahms and finds profound meaning in the piece. Her fiery entrance in I, the passion with which she performs the section after the cadenza, and her passionate performance of II are unmatched. This is the best Brahms concerto ever, period."
Mutter's Passionate Brahms Violin Concerto
John Kwok | New York, NY USA | 05/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anne-Sophie Mutter's latest recording of Brahms' Violin Concerto is among her finest concerti recordings. It easily eclipses her earlier recording with Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic, also on Deutsche Grammophon. She plays with great passion and lyricism throughout the score, though she really takes off in the third movement. Without question, her playing of the third movement is quite simply the most lyrical, and rhapsodic that I have heard from anyone. Masur and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra give a vibrant, warm performance of such clarity, that you might think it was a chamber orchestra backing her, not one of the five great American orchestras. The rarely heard Schumann Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra is a fine addition, though her performance isn't quite as compelling as the Brahms Violin Concerto. While this recording won't replace my recommendations of Vengerov and Kremer as first choice for the Brahms Violin Concerto, it does come quite close."
What a CD!!!
John Kwok | 06/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a CD, what version of this Brahms-evergreen! I have compared this one with the classic version from Stern/Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra, which is by all means not a bad recording, of course, but this one here blows the older one from the socket. Is it Mutter, is it the New York Philharmonic, is it Masur??? Naturally, it is all of them and much much more. It is the perfect symbiosis of the philharmonic sound with the virtuoso, an unprecedented understanding and harmony. Masur and the orchestra appear to constantly know where Mutter is going, they don't have to follow, they know where they should be, and that is what sparks the energy, unleashes the freshness and the easyness which make this recording a not-to-miss Brahms event."
Ed Luhrs | Long Island, NY USA | 10/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All reviewers gave this recording five stars, which makes sense because this has to be among the finest performances of this concerto ever. I'll give it five stars too, but I'd like to draw attention to one thing: the rapid vibrato that permeates the first and last movements. It is as if Mutter has plugged herself into an electric socket & turned the juice up really high. I have never heard anything like it; though I've come to love her style here, it sets this performance apart from others by its sheer intensity. Should one desire a gentler Brahms, look elsewhere. Mutter dedicated this record to her deceased husband, and it seems she has incorporated a lifetime of emotion into her playing. Her impeccable precision and a nice job by the New York Philharmonic make this one a keeper."