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'The Silver Album'

Magazine article Gramophone

'The Silver Album'

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'The Silver Album'

Beethoven Violin Sonata No 7, Op 30 No 2 (a)

Brahms Hungarian Dances--No 1 (b); No 2 (c); No 5 (c). Violin Sonata No 2, Op 100 (d) Debussy Beau soir (c)

Faure Violin Sonata No 1, Op 13 (b) Kreisler Caprice viennois, Op 2 (b). Liebesleid (b). Schon Rosmarin (b)

Massenet Thai's--Meditation Mozart Violin Sonata No 33, K481 (e) Penderecki La follia Previn Violin Sonata No 2 Ravel Piece en forme de Habanera

Anne-Sophie Mutter vn Lambert Orkis pf DG [B] [2] 479 2949GM2 (157' * DDD)

From (a) 457 619-2GH4 (11/98); (b) 471 500-2GH (6/03); (c) 445 826-2GH (12/96); (d) 477 8767GH (8/10); (e) 477 6318GH4 (11/06 (R))

'The Silver Album' has been made to mark 'a level of artistic partnership that is rare, even in the highest echelons of concert performance', and Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis's relationship has indeed spanned 25 years this year, resulting in awards that include Grammys (for their complete Beethoven, in 2000) and Le Monde de la Musique's Choc de l'annee (complete Mozart, 2006). It is a collection of recordings old (single examples from those complete Beethoven and Mozart sets, as well as Brahms, Faure and Kreisler) and new (two world premieres, along with works by Massenet and Ravel) that conflates particularly well to chart the remarkably constant relationship of these two great performers.

In doing so, though, it does throw up certain questions. Both the Beethoven and Mozart are tricky performances to pin down--it is possible to say that Orkis finishes Mutter's sentences and that they play as a single voice. …

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