Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto Op.64; Piano Trio Op.49; Violin Sonata in F major (1838)

February 3, 2009 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 30, 2009
  • Release Date: January 30, 2009
  • Label: DG
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:17:34
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  • ASIN: B001QPBKJI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,971 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

The sound recordings are all perfect.
Purple Tang
You are buying this for the music, but the mini-documentary about the composer and Mutter's performance is a real treat as well.
Kort
I really like the package of a Cd and DVD for the purchaser.
John Keating

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Kort TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 3, 2009
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Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Felix Mendelssohn (-Bartholdy) (1809-1847), one of the treasures of the classical music world. I cannot think of a more fitting tribute that this album featuring Anne-Sophie Mutter. She brings a level of energy and vitality to Mendelssohn's work I've rarely heard before. Her virtuosity with the violin is truly without peer and sound quality is exceptional. This stunning CD/DVD set should make any fan or Mutter's or lover of Mendelssohn very happy.

You are buying this for the music, but the mini-documentary about the composer and Mutter's performance is a real treat as well. Don't wait -- once the lovely limited edition run sells out, it will revert a standard jewel packaging. I find something different to enjoy with every new listen.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Hakan Olsson on February 19, 2009
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I heard the Piano Trio from this disc on the 103.7 the Mountain radio station and got totally excited and ordered it the same day. I was positively surprised to learn that both a CD and a 5.0 DTS DVD surround disc was included for just under $14. The Mendelsohn Violin concert is "OK" from a musical perspective, but not on par with several of Mutters past recording - especially compared to Beethovens Violin concert with Berliner Philarmonics under Karajan. However, it was truly entertainming to watch the DVD and listen to the DTS 5.0 surround recording while she was playing. The REAL DISAPPOINTMENT however was the sound quality of the Piano Trio. It is recorded in a smaller concert hall, and the sound is flat and indistinct to the point that I couldn't bear to listen to more than half of the first movement. Granted that I am a sound engineer by trade, but in my mind, it is unbelievable that Deutsche Grammofon would even consider putting their label on a disc with level of quality. I would return the disc if I could...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ronald B. Ein on March 11, 2009
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These Mendelssohn pieces are major works that Mutter clearly masters and presents in interesting ways. The Violin Concerto, for instance, she takes at quite a fast pace, but still holds its shape. In partnership with Lynn Harrell and Andre Previn, she does a lovely job with the Trio No. 1.

A point of concern is Mutter's overwhelming vibrato and excessive "expression." To my ear, she now makes a similar over-done tone that Perlman came to rely on in his fifties. Anyone else out there hearing this?
This edition contains both a cd and a dvd. The dvd seems to have a very slight synchonization problem that I found disconcerting. As a violinist, I am interested in seeing how Mutter bows, but couldn't quite do it with this technical glitch.
My last quibble is the package, which is all pink and mauve and flower petals. Blame it on the marketing department, not Mutter, but it doesn't square with the artistic strength either of Mendelssohn or of these players.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Keating on January 15, 2011
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I really like the package of a Cd and DVD for the purchaser. I know most of us are primarily interested in "the music". The inclusion of the DVD has a "cool" factor that simply cannot be ignored. Watching Ms. Mutter play the music gave me a sense of the entire project (a depth) that I think I would have missed if I'd only heard the cd.

Ok - She is very easy on the eyes. Still, watching her in concert gave me an insight into the music that the cd simply could not...her intensity and concentration while playing is absolutely clear! I totally disagree with some reviewers that she looks "wooden". Personally, when I attend a concert, I want the performer to give me his/her all. I think that is what is at work in the video. She is playing with her audience in mind...giving the music her entire being. Seriously, this is what I am seeing here...and I am captivated.

Finally, I can find no flaw in the sound quality. Some of the reviewers have claimed that the sound quality is low??? I own a serious home entertainment system in my living room and a "good" system for listening in my office. I have played both the CD and DVD on both and the sound is excellent.

If you're wondering whether this CD/DVD is worth your entertainment dollar, I believe it most certainly is...the documentary is fantastic. This is worthy of a 5 star rating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ivor E. Zetler on October 22, 2009
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Anne-Sophie Mutter's performance of the concerto is very good. Her technique is immaculate and she plays with vigor. Masur is an able if unspectacular accompanist; watching the DVD reveals what a curious conducting style he possesses!

The reality is that while Mutter's concerto performance is admirable, the competition in this repertoire is fierce. Heifitz (RCA), Mintz (DG), Ricci (Decca) are a few that are equal or better. So it comes down to the coupling; unfortunately the Trio No. 1 is not a competitve version. Previn's pianism is sadly not up to the task; he seems to be struggling in the faster and more difficult sections. There are also moments of ragged ensembleand the sound is less than ideal. Listen to Julia Fischer and friends on Pentatone to hear what this sparkling music can sound like. 4 stars for the concerto and 2 for the trio.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jean François on July 19, 2012
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Anne-Sophie est une violoniste d'exception. Sa sensibilité tout à fait personnelle dans le concerto de Mendelssohn s'exprime à travers son Stradivarius d'une façon tout à fait authentique et émouvante. Il y a une fusion totale entre l'interprète et l'instrument. C'est l'interprétation parfaite avec la totale et musicale complicité de Kurt Masur.
Anne-Sophie is an exceptional violinist. Her personal sensibility in the concerto of Mendelssohn expresses herself through her Stradivarius in a completely authentic and affecting way. There is a total fusion between the interpreter and the instrument. It is the perfect interpretation completed with the total and musical complicity of Kurt Masur
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