I have still got her first recording of the 3rd and 5th Mozart concertos that she made at age 14. I was only 2 years older than her and studying violin and found her spellbinding then as I still do now. This recording is brilliant ranging from the big encore style show off stuff to utterly breathtaking quietness in Meditation and Berceuse. If you love Carmen you'll enjoy the playfulness and sheer brilliance of the Fantasie. There are no rough edges as with some violinists and the purity of sound that Mutter produces is awesome especially on the top notes. Thoroughly recommend this even if you're not too familiar with these works as you'll recognise some of the tunes. Enjoy!
This is a real feast for Muter lovers and for Carmen lovers. Throughout the playing is sensitive and as always with her, maximizes nuance. The "Zigunerweisen" is especially memorable. Recording is crisp and plays beautifully on my four-speaker surround. Loved every glorious second of it.
This is one of Anne Sophie Mutter's finest CDs and includes possibly the greatest interpretations of Sarasate's "Zigunerweisen" and Tartini's "Devil's Trill" to be heard. Mutter's incredible passion and dazzling virtuosity bring this music to life in a way no other violinist has achieved. From the very first note she commands your attention as she communicates the full range of human emotion through some of the most beautiful melodies composed. Her pianisimos in the Massenet Meditation and the Faure Berceuse are so exquisitely delicate they take your breath away.
What a great CD! It contains many of my favourite showpieces for the violin. Mutter's superb virtuosity and interpretation are displayed most clearly in the Carmen Fantasy, the Tzigane and the Zigeunerweisen, all of which have some treacherously difficult passages for the violin to negociate. I was particularly impressed with the beautifully whistful tone of Faure's Berceuse; this also appears in parts of the slow section in the Zigeunerweisen. Tartini's Devil's Trill sonata is a joy to listen to. My only negative criticism is of the last section of Zigeunerweisen where some of the left hand pizzicato passages are a little scruffy. But, having said that, this is still an absolutely excellent recording. It is to be recommended very highly.
This CD is one of my most favourite classics. It contains many wonderful works that would very often be used as "extras" at concerts, but all in one it is a potpourri of popular's like Tzigane, The Devill's Trill whose major difficulty lies in playing extremely difficult passages , while having to master the "devil's trills" at the same time and Winiawski's unforgettable "Legend". Though I think that there were little technique-problems, she had to fight with during the faster passages in the left hand in track number 10, the moderato from Sarasate's Carmen-fantasy,the German Anne-Sophie Mutter performs with such a beautiful, touching and hot temperament that the audience recognizes that origin doesn't matter, when it comes to playing this wonderful dynamic repertoire with a "gypsie's soul" that she undoubtedly has. Her musicality is as female as it can be. She made me cry during the "devil's trill", dream, when I listened to Wieniawski's "Legend" and finally during Sarasate's "Carmen-fantasy" I knew that the Carmen among the world's greatest violinist's was born.