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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons/Tartini: The Devil's Trill

Anne-Sophie Mutter , Antonio Vivaldi , Giuseppe Tartini , Trondheim Soloists , Tino Alexander Fjeldi , Kristin Alsos Strand Audio CD
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listen  1. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera" - 1. AllegroAnne-Sophie Mutter 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera" - 2. LargoAnne-Sophie Mutter 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera" - 3. Allegro (Danza pastorale)Anne-Sophie Mutter 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 "L'estate" - 1. Allegro non molto - AllegroAnne-Sophie Mutter 6:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 "L'estate" - 2. Adagio - Presto - AdagioAnne-Sophie Mutter 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 "L'estate" - 3. Presto (Tempo impetuoso d'estate)Anne-Sophie Mutter 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 "L'autunno" - 1. Allegro (Ballo, e canto de' villanelli)Anne-Sophie Mutter 6:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 "L'autunno" - 2. Adagio molto (Ubriachi dormienti)Anne-Sophie Mutter 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 "L'autunno" - 3. Allegro (La caccia)Anne-Sophie Mutter 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno" - 1. Allegro non moltoAnne-Sophie Mutter 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno" - 2. LargoAnne-Sophie Mutter 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno" - 3. AllegroAnne-Sophie Mutter 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Tartini: Sonata for Violin and Continuo in G minor, B. g5 - "Il trillo del diavolo" - 1. Larghetto affettuosoAnne-Sophie Mutter 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Tartini: Sonata for Violin and Continuo in G minor, B. g5 - "Il trillo del diavolo" - 2. AllegroAnne-Sophie Mutter 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Tartini: Sonata for Violin and Continuo in G minor, B. g5 - "Il trillo del diavolo" - 3. Andante - AllegroAnne-Sophie Mutter 1:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Tartini: Sonata for Violin and Continuo in G minor, B. g5 - "Il trillo del diavolo" - 4. Allegro assaiAnne-Sophie Mutter 8:26Album Only


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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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  • Performer: Trondheim Soloists, Tino Alexander Fjeldi, Kristin Alsos Strand
  • Orchestra: Trondheim Soloists
  • Conductor: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Giuseppe Tartini
  • Composer: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Antonio Vivaldi, Giuseppe Tartini
  • Audio CD (November 2, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00002DE2L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,622 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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We've grown so accustomed to seeing violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter gracing album covers in her flowing formal gowns that this recording of Vivaldi's masterpiece may come as a shock to her fans, at least at first glance. Mutter, it appears, has been influenced by Gap culture, looking relaxed and appearing in jeans on the album cover. To coincide with this release, she even released a music video, featuring the Trondheim Soloists and herself performing the glorious work and looking like they're having a blast. Is this the shape of classical music to come? Let's hope so. Mutter's performance here, as usual, is top-notch. The opening movements of Spring sound delightful, the Summer storm sounds frenzied, and during Winter's second movement, you can practically hear the chill being warded off by a fire. Her impeccable tone is, as usual, gorgeous and the conductorless Trondheims provide a fine, if slightly obscured, accompaniment. Filling out this disc is Tartini's Sonata in G Minor (better known as The Devil's Trill), a wonderful piece of baroque violin virtuosity. There have never been so many recordings of Four Seasons available as right now; there really is no definitive version anymore. This one, however, is easy to recommend. --Jason Verlinde

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judge it on its own merits February 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Anne Sophie will sell many copies of this album, true. The interpretation is shocking, unorthodox, true. The playing is very strong, especially for baroque, true. Are these reasons to hate this album? Perhaps, but that's not even a mater of opinion, rather merely of politics. Any way you slice it, this recording is unique. It's certainly not a particularly authentic or faithful rendition of Vivaldi's work, but it is certainly different from everything else out there. Moreover, the playing is good, precise, and the recording is well balanced and technically well done. I personally have multiple recordings of the 4 Seasons, precisely because each of them brings something different to the work. Authentic performances highlight different parts of the scoring and ornamentation, and modern orchestras simply have technologically superior violins with fuller, lush sound, and create performances with more force and expressiveness. Anne Sophie's recording is all new, it's living music. At times, it's raw and forceful, and at times it's serene, and in many regards exceeds the levels of both that other recordings achive. Some may think it goes too far at times, and I would almost include myself among those folk. I've listened to it several times, but I'm not going to buy it--it doesn't add much more for me to the 3 recordings I already have (one authentic performance, one really good modern performance with a chamber orchestra, and one with a really good soloist), since each of the three I have include passages that are particularly aggressive, particularly serene, or particularly well played. I commend the recording, however, and I'm glad I heard it.
Additionally, I would point out that Europa Galante just released an authentic instrument performance of not just the 4 seasons, but the entire Cimenta dell'armonia e dell'inventione, the larger work that the seasons concerti are part of. The performance is nuanced and innovative, quite unlike any other reading.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an artist in her prime February 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
You won't find many recordings of the famed Red Priest's masterpiece that can match this one. I'd put Shaham with the Orpheus CO (also on DG) in the same ballpark, but I know of no recording that reaches the levels of beauty and improvisational flare found on this recording. Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Trondheim soloists have given us a Four Seasons for the ages.
First, the obvious-Mutter wants us to "hear" this disc with our eyes. The accompanying notes are filled with the art of Gotthard Graubner as well as some lovely photos of Mutter. While some people seem to have a problem with this "commercialism," I do not (icing on the cake if you ask me).
Now, to the actual music-let me start by saying that this is no "vanity" project (this is Mutter's second recording of the work-so some seem to think her suspect). Whereas Mutter's first recording with Karajan was musically adept and refined, this Four Seasons is the product of true artistry. Pared down but not forced, insightful, but not idiosyncratic--I would say this recording is best described as a playful work of love.
This second recording by Mutter tops other Four Seasons that I have head in many ways. In particular--it, like nature, has an innate freedom. This is music that flows naturally, unpredictably, and is always full of wonder.
Where this disc truly separates itself from other recordings of the work is in its palpably frigid "Winter." Mutter's violin IS the biting cold. You might want to have a sweater handy when you listen.
The Devil's Trill, the filler piece on the disc, is possibly given an even better performance than the stunning Four Seasons. Both pieces are programmatic and fantasy driven. Both create stunning sound-pictures.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! November 17, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This CD is best listened in comparison with Mutter's earlier recording of the Four Seasons with von Karajan: one feels that the old recording was the work of the dutiful protege, playing a technically perfect piece with the maestro, while this new recording, on the other hand, casts away all stuffy inhibitions. One can almost hear Mutter saying to Von Karajan, "Well, I did that textbook recording with you, but now let me do it MY WAY." And what fun "her way" turns out to be, with the music pulsating with energy and vibrancy at every twist. Sure, the pace sometimes seems irregular and temperamental, but the sheer fun the musicians are having simply shines through. The tones are rich, the turns of phrase unusual, and every note is heartfelt. The fast movements are vintage Mutter, with all the necessary devilry intact, while the slow passages are filled with an emotion that did not seem present in the old recording with von Karajan. If this is the new Mutter, I can't wait to hear more!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lively and lustful July 8, 2005
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The romantic purists that don't like this recording give the impression that Sophie steals all of the original intentions that Vivaldi had when he wrote this music. I firmly believe that nothing could be further from the truth. Her liberal dashing of "musical hot sauce" throughout the piece truly breathes new life into what most people consider a worn out ol' faithful. As others have said in this forum, this recording takes background music, and makes it a masterpiece to listen to, not just hear.

Of the several recordings that I have of this piece, this is the one that I choose to play most often; not just because I love The Four Seasons, but because I really enjoy this rendition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite recording of the Four Seasons is by Sir Yehudi ...
My favorite recording of the Four Seasons is by Sir Yehudi Menuhin and the Camerata Lysy Gstaad Orchestra on EMI. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alucard
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all about variety
Variations on a theme. I have 3 other recordings of the four seasons. Each brings something different. I just happen to like the energetic performance of this one.
Published 2 months ago by Eliezer Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Cd that my husband wanted.
My husband likes the 4 seasons and heard this on the radio and wanted it. It arrive in good condition and in a timely fashion.Great copy
Published 7 months ago by David E. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat
An electrifying performance of Vivaldi's familiar favorites, beautifully recorded. A must-have for me as soon as I first heard it on PBS.
Published 19 months ago by John Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Good!
Good! It's always hard to find. It is an old CD but I received it like new! .. .. ..
Published 20 months ago by Tianxi Wang
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Sophie-Mutter
In my humble opinion this is one of the best versions of Vivaldi's 4 Seasons I have ever heard. The level of emotional expression is exquisite.
Published 22 months ago by Geoffrey B Young
2.0 out of 5 stars Forced, not natural
This piece is of course so overplayed and over-recorded, but if, like me, you still really like it, that makes us hypercritical of all the versions. Read more
Published on December 15, 2011 by Madrok
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite ... Candy for your ears
The strings are simply elegant, complicated, soothing, exciting, everything one could hope for. The performances were, in my humble opinion, simply wonderful. Recommend.
Published on December 14, 2011 by Karen Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly insipid
I'd hoped for an inspired performance (certainly the cover gave promise of a lively, if not lusty, rendition) of The Four Seasons by Anne-Sophie Mutter & the Trondheim Soloists. Read more
Published on June 20, 2011 by Wm.
1.0 out of 5 stars Too heavy to bear.
I will preface this review by saying that I didn't listen to this album all the way through. I couldn't. It's possible that if I did, my opinion would change, but I doubt it. Read more
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