Although this piece of music is the most over recorded work in recent history, it happens to be an enduring and captivating baroque classic.
I really love it, as it contains enough highs and lows to satisfy my love of passionate, firey, emotional and colourful music. Whether it is Jazz, Progressive Metal, Funk or Classical music, I like to hear and feel these qualities coming at my aural senses with abandon!
I have to say that Anne-Sophie Mutters rendition of this work displays her usual dreamy tone and energy. It goes without saying that her technical prowess handles everything with apparent ease, maybe too much so because I feel an artist is at their best, when performing right on the edge of their abilities. Sadly, Mutter plods along through most of this work, causing you to sit uncomfortably in your chair, urging her to propel each movement forward with more energy and passion.
I have heard many, many versions of this work and I still come back to the one that captures every nuance, tone and emotion with thundering power and sensitivity. That version is by Nigel Kennedy, released in 1989 and everytime I hear it, you are left uplifted, exhausted and satisfied. I doubt very much if anyone else could better Nigel Kennedy's performance and Mutter certainly tries to bring something new to the work, but ultimately fails to capture it in the right way.
I love Anne-Sophie Mutters other recordings very much, but I wouldn't really recommend this one, apart from the added bonus of Tartini's 'The Devil's Trill', which is excellent and in many ways overshadows the main attraction of the CD.