January 1, 2011 – 3:58 pm

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New York 2010 [no label, 2CD]

World premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Lichtes Spiel: Ein Sommerstück
Live at the Avery Fisher Hall, New York, NY; November 18, 2010. Broadcast December 2, 2010. Very good FM.

When it comes to New Year’s Day Concert, there is probably no finer performance or tradition as the one put up by the Vienna Philharmonic, which has been entertaining music fans since 1939. Short of mustering our own concert, here is German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter to help usher in 2011 (sort of).

As Vivien Schweitzer noted in The New York Time, Mutter says she has no interest in pursuing a conducting career, as many prominent (usually male) instrumentalists do, but she seemed to enjoy her role directing here.

Ms. Mutter has also remarked on her fondness for fast tempos, a preference that was certainly in evidence on Thursday, particularly in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (“Turkish”), which concluded the program. She kept the orchestra on its toes in her crackling interpretation, notable for her ever impressive virtuosity and powerful, sometimes steely-edged tone.

As this season’s artist in residence at the New York Philharmonic, Mutter also performed the premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s “Lichtes Spiel: Ein Sommerstück” (“Light Game: A Summer Piece”), ably conducted by Michael Francis in his Philharmonic debut.

Thanks to mdshrk1 for recording and sharing the tracks.

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Disc 1
Conductor: Anne-Sophie Mutter; Soloist: Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Track 01. Announcer 7:38 (12.5MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat, K.207
The mood of this concerto is joyous. It is rather simple in form, with good melodies. But those listeners alert to the usual subtlety of Mozart will notice, for instance, that the accompaniment to the violin’s first melody in the concerto is really quite monotonous. The work is not very frequently performed in concert.

Track 02. Allegro moderato 6:52 (11.0MB)
Track 03. Adagio 8:18 (13.3MB)
Track 04. Presto 5:37 (9.0MB)
Track 05. Announcer 2:44 (4.4MB)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
This is arguably Mozart’s most popular violin concerto; it has neither the boisterous enthusiasm of No. 4 in D nor the electric virtuosity of No. 5 in A - it is a far more intimate work than either of those - but the sweetness and ingratiating simplicity of its melodies are surpassed by virtually nothing Mozart ever wrote.

Track 06. Allegro 9:53 (16.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 07. Adagio 9:37 (15.8MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 08. Rondo: Allegro 6:26 (10.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 09. Announcer 3:21 (5.3MB)
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Rihm: Lichtes Spiel (World Premiere)
Conductor: Michael Francis
Wolfgang Rihm is one of today’s foremost composers having created more than 350 stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works. The orchestra for Lichtes Spiel is reminiscent of a Mozart-style ensemble. “I wanted to write a transparent orchestral movement… something light, but not ‘light-weight’.”

Track 10. Rihm: Lichtes Spiel (World Premiere) 17:00 (27.9MB - visit the html page to download the track)

Conductor: Anne-Sophie Mutter; Soloist: Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Track 11. Announcer 1:42 (2.7MB)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K.
After a sublime Adagio, Mozart gives us a taste of Turkish music in the last movement (very fashionable and a source of fascination in the 18th century), thus accounting for the concerto’s nickname [”Turkish”]. Watch for special effects from the low strings playing with the backs of their bows to imitate the sound of drums beaten with wooden sticks, as the Janissaries (elite soldiers of the Ottoman Empire) go marching past. The concerto ends with a delightful and unexpectedly understated cadence.

Track 12. Allegro aperto 9:28 (15.1MB)
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Track 13. Adagio 11:04 (18.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 13. Adagio 11:04 (alternate megaupload link)
Track 14. Rondo: Tempo di minuetto 8:37 (13.8MB)
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Total Time: 108:23

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  1. 8 Responses to “ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER - NEW YORK 2010”

  2. awesome! Thank you!

    By L-Man on Jan 1, 2011

  3. How does one “visit the html page to download the track”? I’ve never been able to pull up the music when I see that comment.


    By dwk on Jan 1, 2011

  4. Hi - Thanks for this, she is a great performer - will Disc 1 track one be available?

    By Thanks on Jan 1, 2011

  5. Ah…just realized D1T1 is available via the html link….thanks !!!!

    By Thanks on Jan 1, 2011

  6. Nice to have this. Mutter is a pioneer of new music.

    To the person who asked about “visit the html page to download the track”, just click the link and you will find yourself at a download site.

    By Michael Kenward on Jan 2, 2011

  7. Thanks Michael Kenward, Was able to download all the tracks. Great performance.. thanks! dwk

    By dwk on Jan 2, 2011

  8. Great stuff. Love the variety you bring us :)

    By tony on Jan 2, 2011

  9. Es muy beautiful!!

    By RastafErion on Jan 4, 2011

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