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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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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 8:26$0.99  Buy MP3 

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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 (64 customer reviews)
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So go get this CD, listen and feel the thrill!
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Therefore, they produce a thick, syruppy sound that sounds nothing like the light, happy Baroque sound that we are used to.
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This is a fabulous recording of the Four Seasons!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Rathbun on February 1, 2000
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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 By NotATameLion on February 12, 2003
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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 By Jill Tan on November 17, 1999
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2000
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Anne-Sophie Mutter is my favorite violinist and this CD is clearly meant to be fun. There are photographs of Mutter with the gentlemen comprising the Trondheim (Norway) Soloists and the colorful paintings of the German artist, Gotthard Graubner are what supposedly inspired Mutter to make this particular recording. It is a little surprising then, that this CD is so very typically unsurprising. This is in no way meant as a criticism; it is, instead, a compliment.
Mutter's virtuosity is, as always, beyond reproach. She and the Trondheim Soloists go beyond themselves to capture the very essence of Vivaldi's extraordinary creativity and playfulness. It has become fashionable, however, to attempt a new interpretation of this beautiful score. In fact, the compulsion to do something new and different with Vivaldi's music makes each new performance of The Four Seasons akin to a familiar, but well-loved, battlefield.
The Mutter/Trondheim approach is best typified in Autumn. The first movement begins on a rather conservative note but the tempos soon get pulled around so much the listener feels rather drunk and disoriented. The movement's middle section is almost refined and the hunt that follows sounds as though it is taking place in Handel's England rather than in Vivaldi's Italy.
Early in her career, Mutter recorded this very same music with Herbert von Karajan. That interpretation was so smooth, so mellow and so gorgeous, and Mutter's extraordinary talent was showcased to such perfection, that this recording can't help but pale beside it.
This is an interesting CD and it certainly is a lot of fun, even though I doubt that it accomplishes all that Mutter wanted it to.
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