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Violin Sonatas [Box set, Enhanced]

Ludwig van Beethoven , Lambert Orkis , Anne-Sophie Mutter Audio CD
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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in D, Op.12 No.1 - 1. Allegro con brio 9:38Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in D, Op.12 No.1 - 2. Tema con variazioni (Andante con moto) 7:30Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in D, Op.12 No.1 - 3. Rondo (Allegro) 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2 - 1. Allegro vivace 6:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2 - 2. Andante più tosto allegretto 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2 - 3. Allegro piacevole 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in E flat, Op.12 No.3 - 1. Allegro con spirito 8:53Album Only
listen  8. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in E flat, Op.12 No.3 - 2. Adagio con molt'espressione 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in E flat, Op.12 No.3 - 3. Rondo (Allegro molto) 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 in A minor, Op.23 - 1. Presto 9:21Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 in A minor, Op.23 - 2. Andante scherzoso, più allegretto 8:10Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 in A minor, Op.23 - 3. Allegro molto 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.5 In F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 1. Allegro10:57Album Only
listen  5. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.5 In F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 2. Adagio molto espressivo 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.5 In F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro molto) 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.5 In F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 4. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo) 7:40Album Only
listen  8. Beethoven: Allegro in G major, for mechanical clock, WoO33/3 - Arr.: Willy Hess 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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listen  1. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.6 in A, Op.30 No.1 - 1. Allegro 7:54Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.6 in A, Op.30 No.1 - 2. Adagio 6:50Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.6 in A, Op.30 No.1 - 3. Allegretto con variazioni 7:52Album Only
listen  4. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.7 In C Minor, Op.30 No.2 - 1. Allegro con brio 8:48Album Only
listen  5. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.7 In C Minor, Op.30 No.2 - 2. Adagio cantabile 8:20Album Only
listen  6. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.7 In C Minor, Op.30 No.2 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro) 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.7 In C Minor, Op.30 No.2 - 4. Finale (Allegro) 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.8 in G, Op.30 No.3 - 1. Allegro assai 6:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.8 in G, Op.30 No.3 - 2. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso 8:49Album Only
listen10. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.8 in G, Op.30 No.3 - 3. Allegro vivace 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Beethoven: 12 Contredanses, WoO 14 - Arrangement: Willy Hess - Nos. 4 & 7 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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listen  1. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.9 In A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 1. Adagio sostenuto - Presto16:00Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.9 In A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 2. Andante con variazioni17:14Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 3. Finale (Presto)10:46Album Only
listen  4. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.10 in G, Op.96 - 1. Allegro moderato11:16Album Only
listen  5. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.10 in G, Op.96 - 2. Adagio espressivo 5:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.10 in G, Op.96 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro) 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.10 in G, Op.96 - 4. Poco allegretto 9:12Album Only
listen  8. Beethoven: Minuet in G, WoO 10 No.2 - Arr.: Mischa Elman 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Lambert Orkis, Anne-Sophie Mutter
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (November 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Enhanced
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00000DI22
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This complete cycle of Beethoven violin sonatas was recorded during a series of live performances in 1998. Mutter devoted the entire year, together with her partner, Lambert Orkis, to an extensive global tour focused on these works, and the accounts are infused with a sense of cross-connection, expressive freedom, and depth of insight acquired from such prolonged concentration. It shows Mutter in full maturity, commanding the artistic confidence to take risks and imprint her intensely personal signature. Mutter's characteristically sumptuous, caressing tone tends to be overstated for Beethoven's heartily playful turns and mercurial humor in the fast movements of the Op. 12 group, but the luminous beauty with which she phrases the Adagio of the third sonata is just one of many passages (consider, for example, Sonata No. 8's slow movement, as well) of sustained, heart-stopping poetry on this set.

The famous "Spring" Sonata gains an added dimension in the context of the passionately engaged performance of its preceding companion/counterpart predecessor (the Fourth Sonata in A Minor). There's a full partnership between violin and piano (too often missing in accounts of these works) that allows Mutter and Orkis to play off each other with full-blooded spontaneity, perhaps at its most engrossing in the boldly searching scope of their "Kreutzer" Sonata, which stands in wonderful contrast to the intimate loftiness of the final sonata in G--Mutter's own favorite. Throughout the set, Mutter couples her probing intelligence with nuanced phrasing, incisive rhythms, and expressive gestures (notice the tender turn she gives to the all-important trill that opens the last sonata) to bore into the music, unearthing many buried treasures. The discs also include a handful of encores as bonbons and are encoded with CD-plus software so that listeners can follow the scores of four of the sonatas. --Thomas May

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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't understand the negative reactions... October 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I'm perplexed really. People here are complaining about how these two aren't strictly following the score, how they interpret freely. They do indeed, make no mistake about it. This is not the place for "textbook Beethoven." But when you already have dozens of such performances, what's the point? To put it another way, when the likes of Mengelberg, Furtwangler, Hefeitz and Bernstein did the same thing, back in the "golden age of classical music," they are lauded for their "interpretive insights," their "going beyond the score," their "urgent communicative qualities." We then bemoan the fact that "they just don't play music this way anymore, remember the good old days?" etc., etc. On these poseurs I would try an experiment: I would like to reprocess *these* recordings, taking away bass and treble, overmodulating, and adding surface scratch. Then I'd slap a black-and-white "historic-looking" cover on the CD set and say these are heretofore-undiscovered recordings from long ago. I'll bet you'd see five star ratings down this page. There is so much poetry in these readings it boggles the mind. Even what in the hands of others are commonplace phrases are treated to maximum expressive effect here. Mutter is a colorist like no one else playing today that I have heard. She has matured into possibly the most intelligent violinist performing right now. There's technique to burn, but it's never just for show (for a real roller coaster ride, hear her recording of the Berg Concerto on this label with James Levine). Rather than be relegated into the background, as one partner sometimes is in these works, Orkis is subtly her equal. The two of them interact almost telepathically at times. Together they extract some very deep meaning from these works we've all heard dozens of times. Read more ›
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone, but I love it March 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who enjoy listening to Beethoven on period instruments (shudder), this is not the recording for you. Nor is it a good recording for those who like things buttoned down, straightforward, steady, restrained, and unemotional.
However, if you truly enjoy Beethoven and don't mind hearing new things, this recording is a must-buy. Mutter and Orkis bring a whole new perspective to the sonatas. Their wild tempi and dynamics are a little scary at first, but you'll soon fall in love with the powerful and lyrical interpretation of these sonatas and wonder what you did before you owned this wonderful collection.
Close attention was paid to the score: every one of Mutter's dynamic, phrasing, and articulation choices is supported by the music. This recording does not go against Beethoven, as some have said on this website, but actually bring's Beethoven's markings to the forefront.
The sound of the duo is just fantastic. No doubt this is the most romantic interpretation you'll ever hear. But that is not necessarily a bad thing. The living, breathing, luscious sound that Mutter brings to these sonatas is just unforgettable.
In my opinion, this is one recording you can simply can't do without.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performances of great music October 12, 1999
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I have listened to these recordings again and again, and find new richness in the performances with every listen. The violin sonatas are some of Beethoven's finest creations, and I would not hesitate to recommend this recording as the finest I know of these works. Mutter and Orkis are not eccentric, yet theirs is a highly individual approach, with choices of tempo and phrasing that cause one to take notice, but in a way that makes you rethink and rehear this music. Mutter's performance is highly nuanced, striving for expressiveness rather than beauty of tone, though she clearly is a virtuoso player. Her playing is matched, and it seems inspired, by Orkis's dramatic and expressive pianism. This is one occasion when a recording has caused me to wish I had been at the performance.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I actually downloaded this recording off iTunes to replace a recording of the Sonatas by Itzhak Perlman and Vladimir Ashkenazy, which had a dated sound quality. Although I am generally a fan of Mutter, I was skeptical, as the Perlman/Ashkenazy performance is excellent. Somewhat surprisingly, I believe the Mutter/Orkis performance well exceeds the Perlman/Ashkenazy. As a former and still amatuer violinist, I know the works well. The Perlman/Ashkenazy performance delivers exactly what one would expect of the works as written. It's a straight-forward and well-executed take on the Sonatas. The Mutter/Orkis performance, however, sheds a bright new light on these works. Focusing particularly on Mutter, the approach to every note seems so thoughtfully considered. The range of dynamics, the weight of the sound, the distinctions between each passage and the next. Mutter's intelligence is part of what is, ultimately, a brave interpretation of the Sonatas, filled with sparkling insights into the minutiae of each Sonata. The skillfulness of the Mutter/Orkis rendering makes this brave interpretation work. In several of the Sonatas, particularly the "Kreutzer," significant artistic liberties are taken that, I must admit, threw me off on just a single listen. But, after repeated listening, it's completely clear that Mutter/Orkis have crafted together a remarkably deft performance of the Sonatas with an inspired interpretive spark.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I borrowed this set from a friend who enjoys this interpretation of Beethoven. I do not. It's a matter of personal taste, but I like the headbanging tempo-strict interpretations... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars A shining star (make that 5 stars)
This multi-CD set of Beethoven'a Violin Sonatas is marvelous addition to the collection of any serious listener of fine music. Read more
Published on March 26, 2009 by Stuart Gustafson
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it.
Not knowing how Beethoven intended these pieces to be played,I still enjoy this set of the Beethoven sonatas more than all the others I have. Read more
Published on June 27, 2008 by Richard D. Greifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven would approve!
I have played these recordings many times and always find new things to hear with each and every listen. Read more
Published on December 21, 2006 by music lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
I bought this cd being skeptical of the reviews, peoples have been making about this album. I must say I was pleasantly suprised. Mutter is divine. Read more
Published on April 9, 2005 by Rob L.
3.0 out of 5 stars three stars for orkis
Anne-Sophie Mutter was one of those child prodigies that somehow escaped the fate of most other wunderkinder. She is a talented musician with a beautiful sound. Read more
Published on March 31, 2005 by W. C. Seitter
2.0 out of 5 stars Some nice performances overshadowed by buffoonery
The more well-known the sonata, the more idiotic the interpretation. That is probably the best way to describe the quality of the performances on this set of disks. Read more
Published on March 11, 2005 by Corn Soup
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Recording of Beethoven Sonatas
Mutter/Orkis are superb together. Mutter is probably the only artist living today who plays Beethoven like it's under her skin. Read more
Published on March 5, 2005 by Vlnplyr
1.0 out of 5 stars What the heck was she thinking?
It's hard to understand what was going through Anne-Sophie Mutter's mind when she recorded these sonatas. Read more
Published on January 16, 2005 by J. Andrewes
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire of Romanticism
Over the years I owed and listened to over 20 versions of Beethoven's violin sonatas. Some I admired for the technique, some for the partnership, some for the interpretation, and... Read more
Published on May 1, 2004 by Hoi Fund Cheu
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