- Audio CD (Nov 2 1999)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Deutsche Grammophon
- ASIN: B00002DE2L
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Spring: I. Allegro|
|2. Spring: II. Largo|
|3. Spring: III. Danza Pastorale|
|4. Summer: I. Allegro Non Molto|
|5. Summer: II. Adagio|
|6. Summer: Presto - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|7. Autumn: Allegro - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|8. Autumn: Adagio molto - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|9. Autumn: Allegro - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|10. Winter: Allegro non molto - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|11. Winter: Largo - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|12. Winter: Allegro - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|13. Sonata In G Minor 'Devil's Trill': Larghetto affetuoso - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|14. Sonata In G Minor 'Devil's Trill': Allegro moderato (Tempo giusto della scuola tartiniana - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|15. Sonata In G Minor 'Devil's Trill': Andante (Sogni dell'autore) - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|16. Sonata In G Minor 'Devil's Trill': Allegro assai - Andante - Allegro assai - Andante - Allegro assai - Cadenza - Adagio - Anne-Sophie Mutter|
It's really odd how mediocrity gets the spotlight, while artistry is so often relegated to obscurity. Mutter studied violin with Aida Stucki, a wonderful artist whose early Vox LP recordings of Mozart Concertos are genuine collector's items.
Why not issue some of THOSE on CD instead of settling for a sham like this. Apparently we just don't live in a graceful age.
Mutter makes the listener see and even hear the colours of the seasons, creating a distinctive tone and mood with each movement. Indeed, one can only think of Vivaldi smiling upon this recording, as this is the way he intended for his Four Seasons to be played.
Tartini's "Devil's Trill" (as I've stated in previous reviews, the veritable Tracy to Vivaldi's Hepburn), is just as enthralling, something that must have been a challenge to Mutter, for after the final Allegro of Winter, it seems as though nothing could make it better. Yet everything, from her andantes to her larghettos to her cadenza, is absolutely stunning.
An added bonus is the presentation of the CD altogether, as the packaging and liner notes feature the artwork of Gotthard Graubner, who is famous not for illustrations of musical works, but for reactions to the music he hears. The artistic complement to the musician Mutter. Also appreciated in the booklet is the original text of the poems Vivaldi based his Four Seasons on. The result is a well-rounded celebration of art and life. The only thing the listener wants from the recording is the chance to hear it again.