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listen  1. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op.64, MWV O14 - 1. Allegro molto appassionatoBerliner Philharmoniker14:01Album Only
listen  2. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op.64, MWV O14 - 2. AndanteBerliner Philharmoniker 9:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op.64, MWV O14 - 3. Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto vivaceBerliner Philharmoniker 7:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Brahms: Violin Concerto In D, Op.77 - 1. Allegro non troppoBerliner Philharmoniker22:09Album Only
listen  5. Brahms: Violin Concerto In D, Op.77 - 2. AdagioBerliner Philharmoniker 9:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Brahms: Violin Concerto In D, Op.77 - 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco più prestoBerliner Philharmoniker 8:34$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orch.
  • Composer: Karajan, Mendelssohn, Brahms
  • Audio CD (March 14, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GNG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Grammy Award winning violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter was born in Rheinfelden in Baden (Germany). She embarked on inter¬national career as a soloist in 1976 at the Lucerne Festival and made her first recording for Deutsche Grammophon at the age of 14: Mozart violin concertos with Karajan and Berliner Phil¬harmoniker, with whom she later also recorded the Mendelssohn, Bruch, Brahms and ... Read more in Amazon's Anne-Sophie Mutter Store

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr JB on October 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I must say that this recording surely has something magic about it. But I wouldn't really go as far as the previous reviewer, to say it's sexual - it's far more than earthly pleasures - it's ethereal. You can just sit back in your sofa, close your eyes and feel that there's something more than just the music you hear in this recording. Sensitive, intensitive, and sensual, sometimes on the border to vulnerability, is the playing from especially Ms Mutter. Karajan shows his great experience by not letting his own conducting catch too much of your attention - he is simply responsive and supportive to Ms Mutter's young and fresh-sounding playing. Need I then say that this is beautiful? Happily, this is valid for both these lovely concertos.
The Mendelssohn start with lots of fire and brilliance from both Ms Mutter and Karajan in the first movement, leading through the second movement, the Andante, which is utterly moving and suffocatingly beautiful here, to a playfully vivacious Allegretto/Allegro.
The Brahms concerto is no less good. The first allegro, a part balancing between solemnity and violent, tragic explosions, through parts of wondering and restfullness, is showing every possible variation of emotion called for - just listen to Ms Mutters lovely intense vibrato after about 11 ½ minute. Ms Mutter definately shows that she understands the intrinsical values of this concerto - If this first part doesn't make you understand what's etherical in music, nothing probably ever will. The following adagio is extremely beautiful, the oftenly dominating oboepart being put aside here by Ms Mutters lovely playing, which grows for every bar played. The last allegro is played just as the name indicates, non troppo vivace - not to playful, sounding like an almost serious dance melody.
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If you haven't heard these recordings, you have a nice surprise ahead of you. The Mendelssohn dates from 1981 and the Brahms from 1982. Because of the recording dates, you've got the young protege, Anne-Sophie Mutter, firmly under the leadership of the old master, Herbert von Karajan, with that marvelous orchestra to draw on for generous support.

Ms. Mutter has never been closer since then to the gentler ways of performing these pieces as she is here. The accompaniment is very well balanced and perfectly complements the solos.

Being used to a lot of fire from Ms. Mutter, some may complain that these performances aren't sizzling enough.

I found that her interpretation of Mendelssohn was delightfully restrained which allowed for the heavenly aspects of the piece to emerge. I was equally pleased with her Brahms where her violin seems to literally sing to us in a beautiful human voice. Beneath the surface, you can feel the controlled power of Mutter, von Karajan, and the Berlin Philharmonic. It's like watching heavyweights delicately dancing ballet to exquisite chamber music. You know there's the power there to blow us away, but that they want to enrapture us instead.

This recording will appeal most to people who like to hear classic pieces of the repertoire performed in ways that aren't the typical fare.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ellie on December 8, 2008
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The same day I received this CD of Brahm's violin concerto with Anne-Sophie I heard, after listening to her version, a performance of another violinist playing live with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. I was shocked how ordinary his performance sounded even though the audience gave him a strong ovation at the finish.

Her renditions of widely known works are in a class by themselves. She has so much expressiveness used wisely and effortlessly you forget the limitations of the instrument and technique. She doesn't seem to have any. Since David Oistrakh, the Soviet violinist whose recordings end by 1960 or so, she is the finest I have heard.

Some say her earliest (and she was a child prodigy) performances are the most exciting. I've heard her play Sibelius' concerto and I don't notice anything but a continuation of her genius on the instrument. If you are like me, you will want to get every performance she has recorded.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RLB on May 6, 2013
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During the BPO's best days, before Karajan's falling out and death (God rest his sole), DG issued some of their best recordings ever. This was during the golden age of the CD. Mutter's performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto is one of the most secure, technically accomplished, refined and engaging renditions to be had. Karajan and the BPO provide robust, full scale orchestral support. Mutter has studied the score and NEVER rushes tempo, one easily hears complete bowing motions, a ravishing violin tone and full grasp of Brahms phrasing. Her interpretation here is a classic of the repertoire.
The Mendelssohn, though a different story. That opinions differ is reasonable. Other Mendelssohn recordings (Zukerman/Philips and Nigel Kennedy/EMI) offer sweeter tone, more appropriate Orchestral "size". The BPO is too large for Mendelssohn and here gets a boomy acoustic. Mutter's technique here sounds "mechanical" The Mendelssohn needs a sweet, smooth, fluid violin tone. Utterly relaxed and lyrical. Mutter intones near a viola - which is odd, and the DG engineers closely microphone her.
So certainly the Brahms is excellent, see if the Mendelssohn is to your liking on these classic era recordings.
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