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beguiling and frightening,
This review is from: Berg: Violin Concerto (Audio CD)
A previous reviewer describes this as awesome and I can only agree. Twenty years or so have done nothing to diminish it. I played it to a friend recently who was genuinely shocked by Mutter's phrasing and musicianship, and her ability to give so much and yet conserve her tone for "when it really matters". The hollow, haunted quality of much of the orchestral accompaniment is so vivid, but at the work's climactic moments there is both weight and fire. The accompaniment is very sympathetic indeed.
I give this performance five stars without liking the sound, which has an extreme dynamic range. My concern here is purely practical. I often wish I had a detached house, or a listening room where I can let rip with CDs like this without disturbing other people - but I don't. This makes listening to a recording with as much range as this one a problem. If you want to hear the quiet music at all, you have to set the volume at a level which requires you to turn it down in the louder passages.
I'm not going to let myself be irritated by the sound. This is one of the finest recorded performances I know.