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3.0 out of 5 stars Ruined, October 21, 2008
This review is from: Anne-Sophie Mutter - The Mozart Violin Sonatas (DVD)
How could you possibly undo these landmark performances? Incredibly poor judgement in the editing room, in my opinion has accomplished just that.

In historic performance films, the view might be fixed at 45 or 60 degrees from the action, and there you stayed. You got to see it performed, if a little stodgy on dynamics. Today, with HD cameras panning every inch, the danger now seems to be the opposite. And that danger is fully realized in this "visual feast" gone terribly wrong.

Somebody's notion was evidently that the closer we could be, from more angles and more often, the better. So it's rapid-fire jumps from one extreme close-up to the next. Throughout. The impression of integrated collaboration in this music, the lyrical exchange of dialogue is annihilated. I had to avert my eyes through much of this, mentally willing the camera to please BACK OFF. I was tickled by the reviewer who writes "...this DVD is a flop for the reason given, so I decided to not watch the screen. As a result I was quite pleased with this..." though I'm less inclined to agree.

Of those 47 camera angles, one is gently over Mutter's right shoulder, clearly showing her expression and playing, her swaying movement in that lovely dress and beyond, encompassing the full flight of her companion's accompaniment. I could have done with fully half the footage from right there, instead of this senseless barrage of nostrils and fingernails.

Why still three stars? You could have filmed this with a mobile phone and still had something of value. I'd love to be more on the majesty and immortal grandeur of these performances. Given exactly that, however, this disastrous post-production is so unfortunate I actually think this DVD should be completely reissued.
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