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listen  1. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in D, Op.12 No.1 - 1. Allegro con brioAnne-Sophie Mutter 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)Anne-Sophie Mutter 7:30Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in D, Op.12 No.1 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)Anne-Sophie Mutter 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2 - 1. Allegro vivaceAnne-Sophie Mutter 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 allegrettoAnne-Sophie Mutter 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2 - 3. Allegro piacevoleAnne-Sophie Mutter 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 spiritoAnne-Sophie Mutter 8:53Album Only
listen  8. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in E flat, Op.12 No.3 - 2. Adagio con molt'espressioneAnne-Sophie Mutter 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)Anne-Sophie Mutter 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. PrestoAnne-Sophie Mutter 9:21Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 in A minor, Op.23 - 2. Andante scherzoso, più allegrettoAnne-Sophie Mutter 8:10Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 in A minor, Op.23 - 3. Allegro moltoAnne-Sophie Mutter 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.5 In F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 1. AllegroAnne-Sophie Mutter10:57Album Only
listen  5. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.5 In F, Op.24 - "Spring" - 2. Adagio molto espressivoAnne-Sophie Mutter 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)Anne-Sophie Mutter 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)Anne-Sophie Mutter 7:40Album Only
listen  8. Beethoven: Allegro in G major, for mechanical clock, WoO33/3 - Arr.: Willy HessAnne-Sophie Mutter 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.6 in A, Op.30 No.1 - 1. AllegroAnne-Sophie Mutter 7:54Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.6 in A, Op.30 No.1 - 2. AdagioAnne-Sophie Mutter 6:50Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.6 in A, Op.30 No.1 - 3. Allegretto con variazioniAnne-Sophie Mutter 7:52Album Only
listen  4. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.7 In C Minor, Op.30 No.2 - 1. Allegro con brioAnne-Sophie Mutter 8:48Album Only
listen  5. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.7 In C Minor, Op.30 No.2 - 2. Adagio cantabileAnne-Sophie Mutter 8:20Album Only
listen  6. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.7 In C Minor, Op.30 No.2 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro)Anne-Sophie Mutter 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.7 In C Minor, Op.30 No.2 - 4. Finale (Allegro)Anne-Sophie Mutter 5:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.8 in G, Op.30 No.3 - 1. Allegro assaiAnne-Sophie Mutter 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 graziosoAnne-Sophie Mutter 8:49Album Only
listen10. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.8 in G, Op.30 No.3 - 3. Allegro vivaceAnne-Sophie Mutter 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Beethoven: 12 Contredanses, WoO 14 - Arrangement: Willy Hess - Nos. 4 & 7Anne-Sophie Mutter 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.9 In A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 1. Adagio sostenuto - PrestoAnne-Sophie Mutter16:00Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.9 In A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 2. Andante con variazioniAnne-Sophie Mutter17:14Album Only
listen  3. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 - "Kreutzer" - 3. Finale (Presto)Anne-Sophie Mutter10:46Album Only
listen  4. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.10 in G, Op.96 - 1. Allegro moderatoAnne-Sophie Mutter11:16Album Only
listen  5. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.10 in G, Op.96 - 2. Adagio espressivoAnne-Sophie Mutter 5:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.10 in G, Op.96 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro)Anne-Sophie Mutter 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.10 in G, Op.96 - 4. Poco allegrettoAnne-Sophie Mutter 9:12Album Only
listen  8. Beethoven: Minuet in G, WoO 10 No.2 - Arr.: Mischa ElmanAnne-Sophie Mutter 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 (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,609 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

Customer Reviews

While performances like these may "work" for a single live performance, not so on the record.
Quinton Fox
Mutter and Orkis have a highly individual approach, with great choice of tempo and phrasing that caused me to rethink these violin sonatas.
music lover
Perhaps that is the very danger of being a child prodigy, as not all could outgrow their prodogies like Heifetz or Arrau.
BLee

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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By The Man in the Hathaway Shirt on 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 By D. Nathan Rice on 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jason Husgen on December 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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