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Violin Sonatas

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On this recording, Anne-Sophie Mutter, accompanied by pianist Lambert Orkis, shares her up-to-date thoughts on the Brahms Violin Sonatas that have been central to her repertoire from the start of her career. These sonatas are among the most intense, emotionally penetrating works composed for the violin.

Second only to her solo repertoire, chamber music has been for Anne-Sophie Mutter an on-going passion and commitment. Her communion with Orkis's pianism defines musical collaboration at its zenith. Recent reviews of concerts where she performed these pieces are excellent and will certainly make for an outstanding recording:

"Her Brahms playing has acquired new maturity and intimacy", writes the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. "The dreamlike ending of the G major Sonata even took one's breath away for a moment."

"Mutter's Brahms today sounds more serious and restrained. One almost has the impression that she wants to dissect sounds and structures, to avoid overly hard contrasts, and yet to seek out hidden fractures that Brahms in his wholly rational approach tries so hard to cover up or at least to even out... It is there again: this melting quality, this penetrating, soulful sound of unearthly beauty... Mutter now shows an interpretive potential that has been altered and developed by her involvement with new music, for example with the second violin concerto "In tempus praesens" by Sofia Gubaidulina, which she premiered. Suddenly the tone seems to float, shorn of vibrato, turning almost eerie, only to be filled again at once with warmth and new life." Die Welt


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, French, Spanish, Cantonese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 78.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003OCM4AA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,496 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chhan Thuan Kiat on January 10, 2011
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Brahms violin sonatas are essential repertoire for any music collection and there have been many fine audio recordings over the years. For the more modern recordings, the Mutter/Weissenberg (1998) and the Perlman/Askhenazy are well worth considering. Perlman fiddles fabulously and in the showy D minor sonata is simply fantastic, though some chamber music purists may find his extroverted playing a bit over the top for the A major and the G major opuses. Older folk (like me) still hold with affection the magical collaborations of Oistrakh with Richter and Suk with Katchen though they do sound a little faded compared with the best of recent sound recordings.
This disc represents Ann-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis in what is without doubt their best collaboration to date, better even than their Mozart cycle. The audio DTS 5.1 is very good and captures the intimate acoustics of the smallish venue well, with the violin and piano in a natural balance ( the picture quality is first class too.) What of the performance?
The concert starts with the A major sonata and indeed this is the shortest and most accessible of the three, with an abundance of fetching melodies on the violin. This is a relaxed and sunny composition (Brahms must have had his best summer vacation that year!), and Mutter makes the most of its sprightly violin theme in the 1st movement and the graceful melody in the adagio 2nd., while Orkis has a simpler time. Next up is the G major opus 78, and here it is evident that the two soloists have given much thought to its interpretation and performance. The opening Vivace movement contains one of the loveliest of melodies and here Mutter waxes lyrical, making her violin sing its heart out, completely vindicating Brahms' genius in violin composition.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Rony Situmorang on September 20, 2010
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Is this DVD still in pre-order status from amazon? I bought this DVD from a store called Duta Suara in Jakarta last week. Both of them are PERFECT couple of duet violin-piano setting. But Anna shows more mature and profound on her tone colors here in Brahms, rather than lighter sound on her Beethoven DVDs (also with Lambert Orkis at the piano). But most of all, Anna and Lambert do further more than just performing music, their music show beautiful dialogues between them.. All sonatas are played effortlessly, and for sure with supreme excellency in styles and forms, as Brahms' musical characters. And the sound of DG once again shows its best as usual. For comparison, I have ever heard old recording of David Oistrakh-Sviatoslav Richter playing some excerpts of these sonatas, but still Anna & Lambert surpasses them..Highly Recommended
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By WNL on March 8, 2011
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Mutter at her very best. she plays with such passion and expression, and Orkis is just as good. Mutter is, in my opinion, the very best Violinist in the world today, at least of the living ones that I have heard. I have played since I was six. Never in Her league. But still, I know the instrument and the music. Of violinists that I have listened to, only Fritz Kreisler, surpasses Anne-Sophie's playing. I also truly enjoy the DVD format. I doubt very seriously that I will ever have the oppertunity to see Anne-Sophie Mutter play live. And certainly not in the settings of her DVD performances. So it is a special treat. WNL
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DWAinLA on May 16, 2011
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This is basically a very nice dvd - high level musicians playing some of the greatest violin music ever, in good sound and well-filmed. My only complaint is that the producers have recorded the sound so we hear it from a far away vantage point, while seeing the concert from a front row seat. Having attended many small concerts like like before, it strikes me as an unnatural effect, and is somewhat disconcerting.
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