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Fri, 30 Jan 2009

Bach, Mutter

J.S. Bach, Violin Concerto in A minor, Violin concerto in E major
Sofia Gubaidulina, In tempus praesens
Anne-Sofie Mutter
London Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev 
Deutsche Grammophon

This is Anne-Sofie Mutter's first Bach recording for Deutsche Grammophon and along with two concertos by the great man there is a modern one by Sofia Gubaidulina. Opinions will vary as to how well these two sit together but people who are interested in Mutter primarily should be quite satisfied.

The second piece isn't completely random though: Gubaidulina is a Russian who has lived in Germany since 1997 and who is inspired by Bach, and who has won prizes in Germany for modern classical music.

Mutter's work here is as usual - rather nice and the recording is of high quality. With DG you even get a decent quality jewel case and insert but don't we all look forward to a larger next format where we can have decent type sizes and less cramped designs. Forget downloads. (Jean le Tellier)

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