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  • Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (24 Mar. 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00002DE2L
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  1. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In E, Op.8, No.1, RV 269 "La Primavera" - 1. Allegro 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In E, Op.8, No.1, RV 269 "La Primavera" - 2. Largo 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In E, Op.8, No.1, RV 269 "La Primavera" - 3. Allegro (Danza pastorale) 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In G Minor, Op.8, No.2, RV 315 "L'estate" - 1. Allegro non molto - Allegro 6:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In G Minor, Op.8, No.2, RV 315 "L'estate" - 2. Adagio - Presto - Adagio 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  7. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In F, Op.8, No.3, RV 293 "L'autunno" - 1. Allegro (Ballo, e canto de' villanelli) 6:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In F, Op.8, No.3, RV 293 "L'autunno" - 2. Adagio molto (Ubriachi dormienti) 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In F, Op.8, No.3, RV 293 "L'autunno" - 3. Allegro (La caccia) 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In F Minor, Op.8, No.4, RV 297 "L'inverno" - 1. Allegro non molto 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In F Minor, Op.8, No.4, RV 297 "L'inverno" - 2. Largo 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Vivaldi: Concerto For Violin And Strings In F Minor, Op.8, No.4, RV 297 "L'inverno" - 3. Allegro 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Tartini: Sonata For Violin And Continuo In G Minor, B. g5 - "Il trillo del diavolo" - 1. Larghetto affettuoso (Live At Tivoli Garden, Copenhagen / 1999) 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Tartini: Sonata For Violin And Continuo In G Minor, B. g5 - "Il trillo del diavolo" - 2. Allegro (Live At Tivoli Garden, Copenhagen / 1999) 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Tartini: Sonata For Violin And Continuo In G Minor, B. g5 - "Il trillo del diavolo" - 3. Andante - Allegro (Live At Tivoli Garden, Copenhagen / 1999) 1:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Tartini: Sonata For Violin And Continuo In G Minor, B. g5 - "Il trillo del diavolo" - 4. Allegro assai (Live At Tivoli Garden, Copenhagen / 1999) 8:26£0.99  Buy MP3 

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's easy to get used to listening to near-perfect recordings and performances of The Four Seasons. With so many recordings available, you can have your pick of styles.

I remember confidently ordering tickets for a local group's performance of The Four Seasons in Salzburg one summer. How could I go wrong? The performance started off in fine fashion. The soloist was huge, confident, and energetic. The rest of the group was solid and enthusiastic. But after about 12 minutes, the soloist began to come apart at the seams. He couldn't complete the difficult sections in Summer. The group would restart and restart. I was fascinated.

I had almost forgotten that experience when I first listened to this recording. Such violin soloist flubs are unknown in the mature Anne-Sophie Mutter's recordings. But I was astonished to find that her supporting cast of Trondheim Soloists (led by Bjarne Fiskum and including soloists Byvind Gimse, and Knut Johannesen) was apparently playing a different piece, and not very well. Ms. Mutter is also credited as conductor. I suspect that she should have scheduled many more practices.

The recording also has moments when another take would have been in order.

But I learned something valuable from listening to Ms. Mutter soar about the muddled noise: It matters who else is playing with you for The Four Seasons.

If you are an Anne-Sophie Mutter fan (as I am), you'll undoubtedly want to listen to this CD. But I think you'll be more pleased if you limit yourself to the first allegro from Spring from The Four Seasons for 3 minutes and 36 seconds during which the Trondheim Soloists perform okay in the Simply Anne-Sophie CD. Good editing choice there.

I graded Anne-Sophie's playing as a five, the recording quality as a four, and the Trongheim Soloists as a 1.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful By kenny.murray@paisley.ac.uk on 22 Mar. 2000
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You know what the say about revisiting your first true love -
DON'T DO IT !
- You are likely to have grown away from each other rather than grown towards each other. The reality cannot live up to the memory.
Happily these maxims doesn't apply to my relationship with Vivaldi's Four Seasons. All thanks to this wonderful recording.
I heard of this release through an article in a hi-fi magazine, in which the author waxed lyrical about both the equipment he was reviewing and the extraodinary musicality of this cd. Still, I was apprehensive about buying this cd because, like many others, this piece was my introduction to classical music. I can still recall the thrill of listening to I Musici's Phillips recording both on disc and tape in the 1970's - a real departure from the rock/pop music I was weaned on.
Since then I have discovered many joys in the world of classical music but the memory of my first proper encounter stayed with me, despite the music being both popular and popularist. I have listened to other interpretations along the way but they have not grabbed me the way my first experience did. And, as with relationships, my feelings for the piece in general have mellowed to an echo of there original fervour.
UNTIL NOW !
My apprehension was heightened by the pop/rock packaging of the work but I need not have bothered because the contents are so wonderful.
I do not have the skill or technical/critical vocabulary neccessary to describe the artistry which appears on this recording but I've found it profoundly enthralling.
So, if you, like me, loved the Four Seasons and have not found a way back to the thrill of those first encounters.....Try this offering ! It should, as it did in me, rekindle those emotions and feelings your dared not revisit.
No mean feat when you consider that it needs first to overcome the spectre of your first love.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Feb. 2001
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This new take on the 4 seasons is a marvellous addition to any classical lover's cd collection. It is a fresh and exciting c.d that'll enlighten you as well as move you to tears. I highly recommend it!!!
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Torbjørn Lygre on 24 May 2009
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This IS NOT the BEST Vivaldi i have heard. I love Vivaldi and other baroque music. I have three diffrerent recordings of these works. She played on the violin with too MUCH vibrato. She is a BIG Diva. On the bad way after my opinion. I love these work, but Vivaldi lovers shold beware. Beware. She is famous, yeah but.... I mean she IS TOO famous. I've over 3000 cd's of classical music. So......... Fabio Biondi with Europa Galante is MUCH MUCH better and also The Academy of Ancient Music is better. There are many recordings that is better than this one.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Judge it on its own merits 1 Feb. 2000
By D. B. Rathbun - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Anne Sophie will sell many copies of this album, true. The interpretation is shocking, unorthodox, true. The playing is very strong, especially for baroque, true. Are these reasons to hate this album? Perhaps, but that's not even a mater of opinion, rather merely of politics. Any way you slice it, this recording is unique. It's certainly not a particularly authentic or faithful rendition of Vivaldi's work, but it is certainly different from everything else out there. Moreover, the playing is good, precise, and the recording is well balanced and technically well done. I personally have multiple recordings of the 4 Seasons, precisely because each of them brings something different to the work. Authentic performances highlight different parts of the scoring and ornamentation, and modern orchestras simply have technologically superior violins with fuller, lush sound, and create performances with more force and expressiveness. Anne Sophie's recording is all new, it's living music. At times, it's raw and forceful, and at times it's serene, and in many regards exceeds the levels of both that other recordings achive. Some may think it goes too far at times, and I would almost include myself among those folk. I've listened to it several times, but I'm not going to buy it--it doesn't add much more for me to the 3 recordings I already have (one authentic performance, one really good modern performance with a chamber orchestra, and one with a really good soloist), since each of the three I have include passages that are particularly aggressive, particularly serene, or particularly well played. I commend the recording, however, and I'm glad I heard it.
Additionally, I would point out that Europa Galante just released an authentic instrument performance of not just the 4 seasons, but the entire Cimenta dell'armonia e dell'inventione, the larger work that the seasons concerti are part of. The performance is nuanced and innovative, quite unlike any other reading.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
an artist in her prime 13 Feb. 2003
By NotATameLion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You won't find many recordings of the famed Red Priest's masterpiece that can match this one. I'd put Shaham with the Orpheus CO (also on DG) in the same ballpark, but I know of no recording that reaches the levels of beauty and improvisational flare found on this recording. Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Trondheim soloists have given us a Four Seasons for the ages.
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.
Yet beyond all the fantasy and beauty, this music speaks to me of a greater truth that would at first seem fantasy. Music of this depth and spirit is indeed evidence of an artist in her prime. More importantly, it is further irrefutable evidence of the beauty, depth, wonder, and goodness of the One who set the lights in the expanse of the heavens to mark the Four Seasons.
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Great fun! 17 Nov. 1999
By Jill Tan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD is best listened in comparison with Mutter's earlier recording of the Four Seasons with von Karajan: one feels that the old recording was the work of the dutiful protege, playing a technically perfect piece with the maestro, while this new recording, on the other hand, casts away all stuffy inhibitions. One can almost hear Mutter saying to Von Karajan, "Well, I did that textbook recording with you, but now let me do it MY WAY." And what fun "her way" turns out to be, with the music pulsating with energy and vibrancy at every twist. Sure, the pace sometimes seems irregular and temperamental, but the sheer fun the musicians are having simply shines through. The tones are rich, the turns of phrase unusual, and every note is heartfelt. The fast movements are vintage Mutter, with all the necessary devilry intact, while the slow passages are filled with an emotion that did not seem present in the old recording with von Karajan. If this is the new Mutter, I can't wait to hear more!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Fire and Ice 27 Nov. 2000
By Bob Zeidler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Had anyone other than Anne-Sophie Mutter committed a performance of this level of passion and abandon of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, there would have been raised critical eyebrows everywhere. As an example, had it been Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, the likely reaction would have been "Well, there's Nadja being her self-indulgent self yet again." Authentic-instrument performers would steer a course clear of this type of hyperkinetic interpretation. And violinists of probity and sobriety would hew much more closely to "accepted-practice guidelines," whatever these may happen to be.

Ms. Mutter has "made her bones" over the years, with definitive performances of the core violin repertoire, as well as her recent foray into the classics of 20th century violin works. On top of it all, she went through a personal crisis, with her relatively recent widowhood, which few survive with a sense of centeredness intact. She clearly has, and, if she feels as if it's now time to cut loose with a little bit of fun, as in the Vivaldi here, who are we to fault her, anyway?

Fire and Ice really do seem appropriate descriptions for this supercharged interpretation. It is clearly a performance of "extremes," and it is hardly likely to be to everyone's taste. But it sure is to mine, after listening to literally dozens of dozers, both authentic-instrument and modern. That it works, and works as stupendously as it does, is due in large part to her formidable technique: A performance in this style would be as flat as last week's beer if the violinist couldn't cut it. And she does, in spades. Her technique is so hair-trigger perfect that it borders on the scary.

The Trondheim Soloists do a superb job in backing her (and in keeping up with her, for that matter). The Tartini "Devil's Trill" Sonata is a great throw-in, since it is rare enough that it is not likely to be found on many couplings or in typical anthologies.

Cut yourself some slack, too. Get the one performance of The Four Seasons that has some spice as seasoning, to awaken your musical taste buds.

Just plain terrific! A tour de force!

Bob Zeidler
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Lively and lustful 8 July 2005
By Klaus Von Lichtenfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The romantic purists that don't like this recording give the impression that Sophie steals all of the original intentions that Vivaldi had when he wrote this music. I firmly believe that nothing could be further from the truth. Her liberal dashing of "musical hot sauce" throughout the piece truly breathes new life into what most people consider a worn out ol' faithful. As others have said in this forum, this recording takes background music, and makes it a masterpiece to listen to, not just hear.

Of the several recordings that I have of this piece, this is the one that I choose to play most often; not just because I love The Four Seasons, but because I really enjoy this rendition.
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