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Duo con­cer­tante; Vi­o­lin Sonata No. 2; Me­ta­mor­pho­sen; La Fol­lia for Solo Vi­o­lin

Anne-sophie Mut­ter (vi­o­lin), Ro­man Patkoló (dou­ble bass), Lam­bert

Orkis (pi­ano); Lon­don Sym­phony Orches­tra/krzysztof Pen­derecki

DG 483 5163 88:11 mins (2 discs) This dou­ble al­bum is not only An­neso­phie Mut­ter’s trib­ute in hon­our of Krzysztof Pen­derecki’s 85th birth­day, but also marks the 30th an­niver­sary of their first con­cert to­gether. The four works here, all writ­ten for her, make clear that the part­ner­ship has been richly re­ward­ing. The ear­li­est score (1995) is also the most sub­stan­tial – the labyrinth-like Vi­o­lin Con­certo No. 2, ti­tled Me­ta­mor­pho­sen. Notwith­stand­ing such highly vir­tu­osic episodes as the fifth move­ment’s ca­denza, it treats the vi­o­lin as a lyri­cal voice and re­mains the most im­pres­sive ex­am­ple of the Pol­ish com­poser’s free-handed ap­proach to the pos­si­bil­i­ties of con­certo form. This is in fact a re-re­lease of the Grammy-winning 1997 record­ing Mut­ter made with Pen­derecki, char­ac­terised by her way of weav­ing a silken line and the Lon­don Sym­phony Orches­tra’s sonorous con­tri­bu­tion.

Writ­ten in Pen­derecki’s 80th birth­day year, the new­est work shows undi­min­ished mastery: La Fol­lia is a big, Baroque-in­spired solo piece. Also fea­tured are the large-scale Vi­o­lin Sonata No. 2 (with Mut­ter’s reg­u­lar pi­anist Lam­bert Orkis), re­ward­ing in its emo­tional range, and the witty and lyri­cal

Duo Con­cer­tante for vi­o­lin and dou­ble bass. The per­for­mances are fault­less and – since they fea­ture their ded­i­ca­tee and in one in­stance even their com­poser – surely count as de­fin­i­tive. John Al­li­son PER­FOR­MANCE


Mu­tual cel­e­bra­tion: Anne-sophie Mut­ter with Pol­ish com­poser Krzysztof Pen­derecki

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