Levine, Mutter: Carmen-Fantasie (24/44 FLAC)
Levine, Mutter: Carmen-Fantasie (24/44 FLAC)

Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic
Conductor: James Levine
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Size: 648 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Pablo Martin de Sarasate (1844-1908)
01. Zigeunerweisen, Op.20

Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)
02. Legende, Op.17

Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770)
03. Sonata For Violin And Continuo In G Minor, B. g5 “Il trillo del diavolo”

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
04. Tzigane, M. 76

Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
Thaïs, Acte Deux
05. Meditation

Pablo Martin de Sarasate (1844-1908)
Carmen Fantasy, Op.25
06. Introduction. Allegro moderato
07. 1. Moderato
08. 2. Lento assai
09. 3. Allegro moderato
10. 4. Moderato

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
11. Berceuse, Op.16

Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Wiener Philharmoniker
James Levine, conductor

Recorded in November 1992, Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna
Engineered by Günter Hermanns
Produced by Werner Mayer

A bestseller in Anne-Sophie Mutter’s DG catalogue since its first release more than 20 years ago, this album is a feast of lollipops with a varied and well-balanced mix of flavors. It combines highly virtuosic works by Sarasate and Tartini with lyrical pieces like Fauré’s Berceuse and Massenet’s well-known Meditation from “Thaïs”. Anne-Sophie Mutter It is unashamedly a fun record, and even Mutter has rarely played with such freedom and warmth, obviously enjoying these display pieces every bit as much as the repertory concertos and new works that are her staple diet. The gipsy flavours of the two Sarasate pieces, as well as of Ravel’s ‘Tzigane’, sound even more exotic than usual, and rarely have I heard the brilliant sound section, with its Hungarian fire, sound quite so exciting with a stunning accelerando at the end. The tender repose which she then brings to the Massenet ”Meditation” is thus all the more affecting. Anne-Sophie Mutter Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, which provides the whole recording with its title, is as high-powered as the Ravel […]. Anne-Sophie Mutter […] with James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic providing Mutter with comparably weighty and committed accompaniment, I have to say her performance thrusts home […] powerfully.’ (Edward Greenfield, Gramophone)

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