- 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: #47,536 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.Read more ›
First, the obvious-Mutter wants us to "hear" this disc with our eyes. The accompanying notes are filled with the art of Gotthard Graubner as well as some lovely photos of Mutter. While some people seem to have a problem with this "commercialism," I do not (icing on the cake if you ask me).
Now, to the actual music-let me start by saying that this is no "vanity" project (this is Mutter's second recording of the work-so some seem to think her suspect). Whereas Mutter's first recording with Karajan was musically adept and refined, this Four Seasons is the product of true artistry. Pared down but not forced, insightful, but not idiosyncratic--I would say this recording is best described as a playful work of love.
This second recording by Mutter tops other Four Seasons that I have head in many ways. In particular--it, like nature, has an innate freedom. This is music that flows naturally, unpredictably, and is always full of wonder.
Where this disc truly separates itself from other recordings of the work is in its palpably frigid "Winter." Mutter's violin IS the biting cold. You might want to have a sweater handy when you listen.
The Devil's Trill, the filler piece on the disc, is possibly given an even better performance than the stunning Four Seasons. Both pieces are programmatic and fantasy driven. Both create stunning sound-pictures.Read more ›