Anne-Sophie Mutter: Brahms

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ďNever before have Mutter and Orkis seemed so joined at the hip, giving and taking, conducting dialogue, chasing each othersí thoughts . . . She plays with a new degree of maturity and depth, especially visible in the slow movements. The discís high point is the adagio from the first sonata, in G major, where Mutterís gold thread is reduced to a dusky murmur before shifting through tones as subtle as they are various. Orkisís contribution is equally vital, whether keeping pace with limpid filigree or, at the close, pedalling up a penumbra of resonance to balance Mutterís whispers. Magical music-making, this. Elsewhere, Mutter shows that she is able to become passionately alive without shaking with neuroses. In the third sonata, in D minor, the finale lives up to Brahmsís instruction -- "presto agitato" -- but never races over the top. Throughout, speeds and dynamics are controlled with regard for the musicís inner substance, not its outward show . . . The CDís delectable virtues also include Deutsche Grammophonís clear, well-balanced recording. A masterly issue . . .Ē
The Times (London)

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DVD 073 4617
BluRay 073 4618
Release date: July 2010

A co-production with BR Klassik (Bavarian Radio)
Recording: Polling, Bibliotheksaal, 12/2009
Executive Producers: Ute Fesquet (DG), Pauline Heister (BR)
Producer: Wilhelm Meister (BR)
Recording Engineer: Gerhard Gruber (BR)
Assistant Engineer: Florian Rüb (BR)
Microphone Assistant: Andreas Leis (BR)
Editing: Bernadette Rüb (BR)
Project Coordinator: Matthias Spindler (DG)
Piano Technician: Helmut Troendle