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  • Audio CD (12 Sept. 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B004UE102O
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Colonist on 13 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Anne-Sophie Mutter belongs to a select group of virtuoso performers who have championed the creation of new music for their instrument. In this CD four of her recent commissions are presented in top-notch performances that convey both the approachable musical lines of the works as well as their underlying subtleties. The two orchestral works are scored for a 'Mozart' orchestra which ensures a natural balance between the forces. The short Penderecki work shows the double bass and violin soloists revelling in the interplay between their instruments, perhaps without probing any real musical depths. Incidentally a photograph in the liner notes shows the difference in size of the instruments -and their respective performers- that had caused the composer initial anxiety. Regrettably DGG has not included a biography of the Slovak double bass player Roman Patkolo, but we can look forward to hearing more from him. The other three works have a meditative or contemplative character. Rihm's Lichtes Spiel is a concerto in all but name and to my ears appeared to develop from Bartok, Szymanowski and Berg's seminal concertos from the 1920s and 30s. Sebastian Currier is perhaps not as well known outside the United States as the other composers but has a substantial body of orchestral and chamber works to his credit along with a Grawenmeyer award and the Rome Prize. His work has a melodic appeal and directness that belies the rhythmic complexities of the orchestral writing- it is a revision of the original commission that was regarded as too challenging for the orchestra.

These are works that are appealing at a number of levels and reveal new pleasures on repeated listening: it is likely that one or more will enter the classic performing repertoire.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Feb. 2012
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Stunning frocks aside, I have admired Anna Sophie Mutter's playing for quite some years now, and own several of her discs and a couple of DVDs. There is a direct vivacity to much of her playing that is instantly recognisable, and offhand I can think of no other classical violinist who has quite such an individual sound. However, with this disc, hearing her playing contemporary repertoire for the first time, I have come to a whole new appreciation of her capabilities. It has obliged me to realise that she is one of the great musicians of our age, whom familiarity has led me to take too much for granted. This repertoire, full as it is of subtle effects and sophisticated drama, shows that Anna Sophie is one of those handful of musicians who has transcended the limitation of her instrument; who can make it do anything that is physically possible, and somewhat more besides. If one fully enters the soundworlds created here, it becomes apparent that every note she plays is a complex musical event in its own right, with each nuance and articulation controlled to a micrometric degree of precision. In these performances I find myself as absorbed, if not more so, in the sculptural qualities of Anna Sophie's playing, as in the higher level organisation of the composers' intentions.

Rihm's Lichtes Spiel is a luminously beautiful, single-movement work, my guess is atonal but deeply lyrical nonetheless. The violin part unfolds against a backdrop of ambiguous and mysterious chords that for me evokes moonlight and shadows. I am reminded of Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht, but entirely purged of its neurotic hysteria.

This is followed by two short pieces by Penderecki and Rihm respectively, both for a duo of Mutter's violin and the double bass of Roman Patkolo.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RBSProds TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2012
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Five INNOVATIVE Stars! Challenging, imaginative, innovative modernist classical music starring the 4-time Grammy-winning grand diva of classical violin, Anne-Sophie Mutter. "Motivated by the desire to keep on rediscovering the violin", she challenges herself through a program of modernist pieces which she commissioned from living composers and performs with a Mozart-ian sized New York Philharmonic, under musical director Alan Gilbert and featuring maestro MIchael Francis directing one work. In addition, there are 2 violin/bass violin duo pieces which feature Ms Mutter and the rising star of the contrabasso, Slokavian virtuoso Roman Patkoló. Anne-Sophie has transitioned thru the years from a hot young award-winning rising star; to a certified glittering multiple Grammy-winning virtuoso conquering all of the meaningful multi-period violin pieces in solo, chamber, and orchestral formats; to having works written for her; to an in-demand super star artist-in-residence for major conductors and orchestras. Now as one company is releasing a 40 CD box set of her great career ASM35 - Anne-Sophie Mutter - The Complete Musician and a 2 CD "career highlights" The Complete Musician - Highlights, she sidesteps talk of retirement and begins commissioning and performing/conducting her own challenging works by some of the leading living modernist composers, performed with great orchestras. A truly incredible career.Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Modern Mutter -- world premiere recordings of four commissioned works 1 Mar. 2012
By T. Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
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Anne-Sophie Mutter may draw a lot of attention when she records and tours with familiar standard repertoire, but as this album shows, she is also strongly dedicated to new, modern works. Here she has released four world premiere recordings of works she commissioned from the composers -- two for violin and small (Mozart-style) orchestra, and two for violin and bass.

The album is a challenging but rewarding listen. The works featured here are modern through and through, but they all have something that even less "sophisticated" listeners (like me, I'm afraid) can grab on to and enjoy. The works are as follows:

- Wolfgang Rihm - Lichtes Spiel - with New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert conductor
- Krysztof Penderecki - Duo Concertante - with bassist Roman Patkolo
- Wolfgang Rihm - Dyade - with bassist Roman Patkolo
- Sebastian Currier - Time Machines - with New York Philharmonic, Michael Francis conductor

Rihm's "Lichtes Spiel" has been translated as "Light Game" or "Light Games", but especially after listening to the composer and Mutter talking about the piece (BTW I highly recommend the interviews about this album that are up on YouTube), I feel "Play of Light" would probably be a more appropriate translation. Rihm describes the piece as like a "summer walk". Mutter says "everything is moving in ... a Romantic floating state" in this piece. While I found parts of "Lichtes Spiel" more aggressive-sounding than summer sunlight flickering through tree leaves and windows, the piece is highly evocative and emotional. Sometimes the emotions are tender, sometimes anxious.

The next two pieces were commissioned by Mutter specifically to play and record with the young Slovakian bass virtuoso Roman Patkolo. Krysztof Penderecki delivered a piece with what Mutter correctly describes as "unbelievably muscular rhythms". His Duo Concertante drew on Bottesini's piece of the same name for inspiration, according to the composer.

"Dyade", again by Wolfgang Rihm, is a piece that draws on a similar range of moods as "Lichtes Spiel". Rihm says the piece, originally inspired by a Max Klinger etching of a nymph and a bear, requires "symbiosis" of the players. Dyade is very challenging for both bass and violin, and I found it a satisfying listen despite its difficulty.

Finally the album closes with my favorite of the lot, Sebastian Currier's "Time Machines". This is a seven-movement work for violin and orchestra with movement names that describe the contents -- such as "Compressed Time", "Harmonic Time", or my favorite, "Backwards Time". This is serious music that also shows a sharp wit and even humor. For me, "Backwards Time" is one of the most humorous bits of music since Gustav Mahler turned "Frère Jacques" into a funeral march -- I don't mean that at all to be disrespectful. "Time Machines" is full of gimmicks and instrumental sleight of hand, but that makes it all the more enjoyable.

Overall, this album is a challenge, but satisfying. While it may not have the mass appeal of something like Mutter's Mendelssohn album from a few years back, it is highly recommended for those who appreciate new music.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
AWESOME, THRILLING ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER MODERNIST PERFORMANCES 23 Feb. 2012
By RBSProds - Published on Amazon.com
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Five INNOVATIVE Stars! Challenging, imaginative, innovative modernist classical music starring the 4-time Grammy-winning grand diva of classical violin, Anne-Sophie Mutter. "Motivated by the desire to keep on rediscovering the violin", she challenges herself through a program of modernist pieces which she commissioned from living composers and performs with a Mozart-ian sized New York Philharmonic, under musical director Alan Gilbert and featuring maestro MIchael Francis directing one work. In addition, there are 2 violin/bass violin duo pieces which feature Ms Mutter and the rising star of the contrabasso, Slokavian virtuoso Roman Patkoló. Anne-Sophie has transitioned thru the years from a hot young award-winning rising star, to a certified glittering multiple Grammy-winning virtuoso conquering all of the meaningful multi-period violin pieces in solo, chamber, and orchestral formats; to having works written for her; to an in-demand artist-in-residence for major conductors and orchestras. Now as one company is releasing a 40 CD box set of her great career (Asm 35: The Complete Musician) and a 2 CD "career highlights" summary, she sidesteps talk of retirement and begins commissioning and performing/conducting her own challenging works by some of the leading living modernist composers, performed with great orchestras. A truly incredible career.

Wolfgang Rihm's "Lichtes Spiel: Ein Sommerstück"-(Light Game: A Summer Piece), with the Philharmonic under the baton of Michael Francis with concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, is a single 17-minute movement work that features Mutter's blazing bow work, sometimes double- and triple-stopped, often in the lovely altissimo register of her violin, framed against flowing orchestral backgrounds of suspended notes or staccato splashes that rise and fall in interesting supportive sonic textures. The work alternates between serene and stately, but building to intense power points in and around the 9 minute, 12, and 16 minute points: eschewing recurring themes, but instead giving off snippets of attractive nuanced phrases which tantalizingly flourish and fade along the way, like sunlight plays on a Summer day through breaks in the clouds. The jagged, intense, "Duo Concertante" is a 5-minute one-movement virtuosic work of wonder by one of Poland's greatest composers, triple Grammy-winning maestro Krzysztof Penderecki, featuring Mutter and Patkoló setting off arco and pizzicato fireworks over a 10-note motif and lyrical beauty over a 4-note lyrical motif with Mutter multi-stopped or with single string intensity, echoed by the flying fingers and bow of Patkolo. "Dyade" is also by Wolfgang Rihm: a 12-minute musical excursion and exploration of the "relationship" between the instruments and the players. The 7-movement "Time Machines" by Sebastian Currier features Anne-Sophie again with the Philharmonic and really does take 'time exploration' through a wide variety of sonic scenarios and emotions that run from a minute and a half up to 8 minutes in length, such as "Fragmented Time", "Time Delay", and the longest, "Harmonic Time". They go from reflective lyricism to dazzling pyrotechnics, with my favorites being "Overlapping Time", the truly weird "Backwards Time", the drama and urgency of the awesome "Entropic Time", and the frenetic velocity of "Compressed Time". This is challenging modernist 'avant garde-ish' music that is best listened to as separate powerful and beautiful works, which reveal more and more detail and beauty with each listen. A great legacy for future violinists to enjoy. Five CHALLENGING Stars. Highly Recommended. (4 Works: 10 Tracks; Time 63:50)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Satisfying concerto from Rihm, and the Currier was a pleasant surprise 7 Feb. 2013
By Christopher Culver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For this DG release, Anne-Sophie Mutter performs music by three composers for two very different forces. On one hand, there are two new violin concertos written specially for her, where she is accompanied by the New York Philharmonic. But as palate cleansers, we also get two pieces for violin and double bass, where Mutter is in a duet with Roman Patkoló.

Wolfgang Rihm's "Lichtes Spiel" for violin and orchestra (2010) is the composer's third violin concerto and the second written for Anne-Sophie Mutter. This "play of light" reflects the German composer's recent interest in the Classical and Romantic eras. Rihm started his career as an anguished expressionist, and later drew great inspiration from the uncompromising avant-gardism of Nono and Lachenmann, but one shouldn't think that he is "going soft" with this new twist, writing Neo-Romantic works by the numbers. Instead, I think that Rihm's faux-Viennese antics are the result of considerable self-control, carefully tempering the agitated elements of his style to see what would result at a calmer pace. Rihm's earlier violin concertos often had the soloist playing at the very top of her range and with considerable delicacy, and this concerto continues that.

Rihm's "Dyade" for violin and double-bass (2010-2011) is essentially a pendant to the violin concerto, as it features the same kind of writing, just with smaller scoring. I have a hard time hearing this as a real symbiosis, as Rihm intended. The violin writing is much more flashy than the bass part, and DG seem to have miked their star soloist more closely than her lesser-known accompanist.

Sebastian Currier's "Time Machines" for violin and orchestra (2007-2011) is a concerto in seven movements each treating the same basic material from a different perspective: Fragmented Time, Delay Time, Compressed Time, Overlapping Time, Entropic Time, Backwards Time and Harmonic Time. I had never heard any of Currier's music before and didn't know what to expect, but I was delighted to find a very French sensibility, particularly that of Henri Dutilleux with its luminous textures and "tonal atonalism". The high point of the work comes with "Entropic Time", exploring a transition from order to disorder, and indeed the music seems to collapse at the end. "Harmonic Time" is an eerie way to end the piece. Currier's concerto consolidates the late 20th-century tradition instead of bringing it forward, but still, it's entertaining enough and I may explore more of his work.

Finally, there is Penderecki's "Duo concertante" for violin and bass. I don't care for this composer's music, so I'll leave it to other reviewers to comment on this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Currier's Time Machines is the winner! 27 May 2014
By John F. Bundy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For me, the discovery of another wonderful composition by the unjustly neglected Sebastian Currier, is reason to celebrate. His violin concerto on this disc – Time Machines – displays all of his skill, imagination, and compositional talent. This is very moving music, emotionally-gripping, with substance and invention.
0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"How was the recording session, dear?" 3 May 2013
By Josquin DesPrez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Well, it was great to have Mutter - it should get some attention for the disc. But her vibrato! You could sail an ocean liner through it with space left for for the Graf Zeppelin! Not what the music calls for..."

"Did you say anything to her?"

"Are you kidding? She's Anne-Sophie Mutter!"
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