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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
While performances like these may "work" for a single live performance, not so on the record.
Mutter and Orkis have a highly individual approach, with great choice of tempo and phrasing that caused me to rethink these violin sonatas.
Perhaps that is the very danger of being a child prodigy, as not all could outgrow their prodogies like Heifetz or Arrau.
Chamber Music is not my favorite. However, this epic effort by Anna Sophie Mutter is a must listen for all classical music lovers and especially for Beethoven fans. Read morePublished 14 days ago by David Webb
This recording by one the world premier violinists, who also can play Beethoven to perfection, simply puzzles me. No matter what the label may say. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Quinton Fox
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 morePublished 20 months ago by Sean
This multi-CD set of Beethoven'a Violin Sonatas is marvelous addition to the collection of any serious listener of fine music. Read morePublished on March 26, 2009 by Stuart Gustafson
I have played these recordings many times and always find new things to hear with each and every listen. Read morePublished on December 21, 2006 by music lover
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 morePublished on April 9, 2005 by Rob L.
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 morePublished on March 31, 2005 by W. C. Seitter
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 morePublished on March 11, 2005 by Corn Soup
Mutter/Orkis are superb together. Mutter is probably the only artist living today who plays Beethoven like it's under her skin. Read morePublished on March 5, 2005 by Vlnplyr