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Carmen Fantasie (+ Tartini: Sonata "Devil's Trill")
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Carmen Fantasie (+ Tartini: Sonata "Devil's Trill")

Anne-Sophie Mutter , Jules Massenet , Gabriel Fauré , Maurice Ravel , Henryk Wieniawski , Giuseppe Tartini , Pablo de Sarasate , James Levine , Wiener Philharmoniker Audio CD
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listen  1. Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, Op.20Anne-Sophie Mutter 8:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Wieniawski: Legende, Op.17Anne-Sophie Mutter 7:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Tartini: Sonata For Violin And Continuo In G Minor, B. g5 - "Il trillo del diavolo"Anne-Sophie Mutter16:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ravel: Tzigane, M.76Anne-Sophie Mutter10:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Massenet: Thaïs / Acte Deux - MeditationAnne-Sophie Mutter 6:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy, Op.25 - Introduction. Allegro ModeratoAnne-Sophie Mutter 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy, Op.25 - 1. ModeratoAnne-Sophie Mutter 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy, Op.25 - 2. Lento assaiAnne-Sophie Mutter 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy, Op.25 - 3. Allegro moderatoAnne-Sophie Mutter 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy, Op.25 - 4. ModeratoAnne-Sophie Mutter 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Fauré: Berceuse, Op.16Anne-Sophie Mutter 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Composer: Jules Massenet, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel, Henryk Wieniawski, Giuseppe Tartini, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 12, 1993)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GII
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Anne-SophieMutter obviously had fun making this disc. In the quiet pieces (Massenet, Ysaÿe, Fauré) which serve as interludes, she plays with her usual exquisite taste. In the showpieces, though, she goes to town, sliding, scooping, exaggerating, and letting all the stops out. The gypsy inflection she uses in Ravel's Tzigane and Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen is delicious. Even a ridiculous orchestral arrangement of Tartini's Devil's Trill Sonata is more amusing than offensive. With James Levine and the Berlin Philharmonic providing uncommonly alert and powerful support, and Deutsche Grammophon's realistic sound, this disc is a real treat for violin lovers. --Leslie Gerber

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best 'Carmen' on CD - ASM is no Vanessa Mae! June 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Richard Morrison in his appreciation of Anne-Sophie Mutter, given here in the booklet, accurately describes this disc as a "feast of lollipops", but with the flavours well-varied. It is unashamedly a fun record, and even Mutter has rarely played with such freedom and warmth, obviously enjoying these display pieces every bit as much as the repertory concertos and new works that are her staple diet. The gipsy flavours of the two Sarasate pieces, as well as of Ravel's Tzigane, sound even more exotic than usual, and rarely have I heard the brilliant sound section, with its Hungarian fire, sound quite so exciting with a stunning accelerando at the end. The tender repose which she then brings to the Massenet "Meditation" is thus all the more affecting.
Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy, which provides the whole disc with its title, is as high-powered as the Ravel, and I was fascinated to compare it with Itzhak Perlman's 1972 version with Lawrence Foster and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for EMI, which has long been a favourite of mine and which reappeared on their four-disc Perlman compilation. In all five sections (each given separate tracks) Mutter is even more sharply characterful than Perlman in her expressive inflexions and underlining. And she clearly gains in the ease of her performance, seeming to try less hard and therefore to convey more of the fun of the piece. I prefer it, when over and over again it tickles one's funny-bone. With James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic providing Mutter with weighty and committed accompaniment, I have to say her performance thrusts home even more powerfully than Perlman's. As for the previous reviewer's comment about her playing - well, let me just suggest it might be time for a hearing aid. Ms.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeously fun fun fun!!!!! February 5, 2001
By P. Rah
Format:Audio CD
Anne-Sophie Mutter's sensuously dulcet tone is wonderfully suited to most of the works featured on this disc. It is a real fun record, sometimes overly exaggerated but why not? It is not often that musicians make fun of music; mostly music is serious, and one needs some fun from time to time.
The opening Zigeunerweisen is an interpretation that has bowled me over because of its daring assertiveness. I don't think that I've heard such a risk-taking playing of this work (most notable in the finale. The tempo is at breakneck speed and Mutter succeeds effortlessly!). The Tzigane, another of the gypsy-themed works on the disc, is wonderfully free. I never thought that Mutter had it in her to play so un-Germanically (all serious and all romantic). This is really gypsy-music at its best. Her technique is formidable and it comes to gooduse in this wrist-breaking work. Listen to her exquisite glissandi and rhythmic tautness: it's simply breathtaking!
The Devil's Trill sonata is another matter though. It is the one work that I don't enjoy as much as the others becuase it is simply too schmaltzy. Everything is exaggerated overtly and the use of a piano instead of a harpsichord doesn't help matters. Otherwise all the other works are wonderfully fun. The Carmen Fantasy is gutsy. Mm-Mm! Delicious stuff, and to end the Faure Berceuse is so sweet that it would make any kid go to sleep (a berceuse is after all, a lullaby!). The VPO and Maestro Levine do a superb job in supporing her, with the orchestra responding well to Mutter's phrasings.
All in all, a wonderful feast of lollipops! And they are not merely lollipops: thanks to Mutter they are really sweet lollipops!!! Enjoy it while you can!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best I've heard so far May 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Many musicians play with with brains, only few do with hearts - And even fewer pour their hearts out with consistency are legends. Mutter had seemingly rewritten the arrangement and absorbed it so solidly which led to a performance that blooms with such great passion and distinct personality aided by her transcendental techniques. I had felt an instant connection with her the very first time I heard it. It's also sonically pleasing even to the audiophiles. It's a recording for music fans who truely understand and appreciate music on a very sophisticated level...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family of classical music listeners December 25, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I ordered this after hearing one of the pieces on this album broadcasted on the radio. It sent chills up my spine. The music is absolutely spellbinding. But it did not pass the test until my mother, a pianist, had a chance to hear it. She closed her eyes and leaned back in her seat with a smile,a five star smile!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart's Delicacy June 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I got this CD a long time ago & i remember the first time I heard the 1st song i knew I was into something different. Mutter is very expressive & the sound is crystal clear U could hear every note retaining in its originality. The Show stopper for me is & will alwayz be compositions by Pablo De Sarasate.(I also like Fritz Kreisler) I like his compositions because they sound so fun his music was not as serious as that of Bruch but very similar. Pablo had a different style & teases the mind & heart to such an extent I thought my heart could not take any more of these simple magnifique delicacys of the soul. Sophie Anne Mutter knows exactly how to bring that style that captures the ear & mind. "carmen fantasy" will make u love violin guaranteed.This is a MUST HAVE in your collection.DO NOT BE ALAYED BY THE BAD REVIEWS IN THIS CD THEY ARE SIMPLE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT APPRECIATE CLASS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Mutter is a delight to listen to
Miss Mutter is a delight to listen to. Have her Brahms Violin concerto from her early days as a 19 year old, playing with the Berlin, and VonKarajan ... Read more
Published 13 days ago by R Hood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful performance!
Published 1 month ago by Marita Kennedy Hallam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect for me.
Published 2 months ago by Bob in Baltimore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Would deal with this dealer again
Published 4 months ago by reynold c. wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recording
This is a great recording. I'm not sure of the complaints. The sound recording is wonderful. This gets used a lot for stereo demos.
Published 11 months ago by XV Corps
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought it for the Sarasate Carmen Fantasie
and I already had the Perlman recording. Ms Mutter's recording eclipses every recording of the Carmen Fantasie I have ever heard - simply stupendous. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kenneth S. Wheelock
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular virtuoso violin play
The entire cd is great, especially the "Carmen Fantasy" and "Zigeunerweisen". Ms. Mutter has few, if any, equals. Her
mastery of the violin defies imagination!
Published 16 months ago by Dark Star
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I recently saw a performance of the Carmen Fantasie by Anne-Sophie Mutter on PBS. My response was to immediately go to Amazon and download the album. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dione Greywolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars simply amazing
anne sophie mutter is one of the most brilliant violinists of our time. i heard this work late one evening on NPR and could not get it out of my head. it was so emotional and pure.
Published 21 months ago by rory
5.0 out of 5 stars Anna-Sophi Mutter Violin favorites
This DVD came on time and was in great condition. I knew this recording from years ago, having heard parts of it on the radio. It is spectacular.
Published 21 months ago by Bo
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