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  • 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: #55,226 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

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We've grown so accustomed to seeing violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter gracing album covers in her flowing formal gowns that this recording of Vivaldi's masterpiece may come as a shock to her fans, at least at first glance. Mutter, it appears, has been influenced by Gap culture, looking relaxed and appearing in jeans on the album cover. To coincide with this release, she even released a music video, featuring the Trondheim Soloists and herself performing the glorious work and looking like they're having a blast. Is this the shape of classical music to come? Let's hope so. Mutter's performance here, as usual, is top-notch. The opening movements of Spring sound delightful, the Summer storm sounds frenzied, and during Winter's second movement, you can practically hear the chill being warded off by a fire. Her impeccable tone is, as usual, gorgeous and the conductorless Trondheims provide a fine, if slightly obscured, accompaniment. Filling out this disc is Tartini's Sonata in G Minor (better known as The Devil's Trill), a wonderful piece of baroque violin virtuosity. There have never been so many recordings of Four Seasons available as right now; there really is no definitive version anymore. This one, however, is easy to recommend. --Jason Verlinde

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By towanda on April 24 2001
Format: Audio CD
And I don't mean that in a good way. While I give credit to ASM for her obvious intelligence and her commitment to artistic exploration (you can always tell that she's thought every note through), I also think that her artistic aspirations can backfire, as they seem to do in this CD. She obviously wants her Vivaldi to sound "fresh," "modern," "romantic," "hip." What her recording of the Vivaldi ends up being, however, is an interpretation that screams, above the music itself, "Hey, this ain't your mama's Vivaldi!" Her need to push boundaries exhausts me after a while.
There are certainly some glorious moments, but again, they're overshadowed by a lack of subtlety and also by an ensemble that seems to be better suited driving a Mack truck than playing Vivaldi. You can hear them coming from miles away.
And all that self-congratulatory stuffing between the CD covers...what's up with that?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "yigala" on Dec 9 1999
Format: Audio CD
Someone in DG has done a terrific job. This album will sell millions, and the quality of the music is not an issue at all. Anne Sophie Mutter has taken the same path as Pavarotti and Bocelli, and crossed the lines into pop culture. I don't think this is too bad, but if you are reading CD reviews, then you're probably a serious listener, and want to get a decent performance.
Mutter's 4 seasons is good, some movements even excellent, but let's face it: nobody plays Italian baroque like that anymore. This CD wouldn't have been published if it hadn't been for Mutter's great looks.
However, as Mr. Gammelgaard mentioned in his review, there is one performance which dwarfs all the rest: Il Giardino Armonico (Teldec) - An amazing, authentic baroque performance. It's a part of a magnificent set of concerti by Vivaldi. You won't regret spending a two-full-price amount on it.
Don't fall for cheap pop design!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Gammelgard on Nov. 26 1999
Format: Audio CD
I think it's insanity to record the music of Vivaldi today in this manner. Isn't it clear that period instruments are superior in every aspect when it comes to performing baroque music. The reason that Mutter even is aloud to record it is because the record company knows that she will sell many records however she plays the music. I don't think any other company would aloud a less famous star to record this music today. Check out Il Giardino Armonico's recording instead and discover the music when it's performed without any pathetic fragments of romantic 20th century playing. The one star value is maybe because of the nice layout of the record. Something to put on your wall when you have realized that Mutter and her friends are not really up to it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HarryKerryJr on May 27 2002
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...Mutter is really playing a Baroque piece with too much of her HEAVY Romantic heart. The Pathos of Beethoven was UNkown when the seasons were composed. My friends, the significantly different eras in western music DON'T mix. The differences in aesthetics are too great to reconcile. Quite simply, taking a triangle Baroque and forcing it into a round Romantic hole results in ba-roken parts. This CD merely affirms the supremacy of period perfomances. And we period folk are getting beat-up these days (somthing of a backlash) by you Romantic era lovers, even in the press, who still don't understand the Early Music Movement. Please try listening to Trevor Pinnock's 1982 version, and then will you STILL give Mutter her 5 stars? I think NOT.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12 2000
Format: Audio CD
Did I miss something? The best thing about this CD is the photograph on the cover. I've heard worse versions of The Four Seasons but only on budget labels.
There are some good moments but overall the band sounds like it needs a lot more practice. Ms Mutter plays Vivaldi and Vivaldi loses. You can almost hear the Trondheimers struggling, and not always managing, to keep pace. At times, the production is reduced to a mush of sound. This recording probably sounds a lot better on the radio or a cheap CD player than on a decent sound system. Perhaps that's what the production team was aiming for. Vivaldi for commuters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on Dec 24 1999
Format: Audio CD
Only Anne-Sophie Mutter could have pulled this off. If anyone else or even a no name violinist had performed this, the performance would have been considered vulgar!
A period performance it is definitately NOT. Wwwway to romantic for this genre. I feel the performance is just being different for the sake of being different just to have an excuse for recording yet another version of this ever so popular piece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isabella Channel on March 6 2000
Format: Audio CD
At this point it's useless to argue about the benefits of period performance practice. Gut strings just sound better than steel ones in Baroque Music. Mutter has nothing to say about Vivaldi. I found this recording hopelessly predictable. Go for Biondi in OPUS111 or Il Gardino Armonico in TELDEC. They may not have as nice legs as Signora Mutter, but they certainly understand Il Prete Rosso a lot better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 10 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am annoyed at Anne-Sophie Mutter. Her new release on Deutsche Grammophon [289 463 259-2] There isn't much to say about the Vivaldi except that there's more performance than music. As for the packaging...well, it's silly. The packaging is bright, artsy and blatantly manipulative; it looks like more money was put into the CD cover and book than in the recording itself.
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