I have never loved the violin. I have never loved Zigeunerweisen. I have always been ambivalent about Ozawa.
Now I love all three, at least for the duration of this performance.
I have always loved EMI, however, and rate this recording at the top for sound, as well. A violin must be recorded perfectly and played back on only the best equipment for me to tolerate it. Particularly if digital. Normally, I cannot stand a violin CD, much preferring analog. But EMI got it right here.
Zigeunerweisen has been the temptation of so many over-the-top violinists, that I have grown tired of it of late. It is the type of music that invites excess, but seldom rewards it. But ms Mutter does it so well, with such dramatic pacing and dynamics that I am literally on the edge of my seat every time I hear it. She has all the stylistic and dynamic extremes of her cohorts, but somehow manages to pull it off with class and delicacy. Delicacy is not a word I would normally use for Zigeunerweisen. I have to ride the gain to get everything out of the softer passages (and, they ARE soft), and then run it lower to avoid being blasted by the less-quiet passages. This is not car music unless you have really good equipment and the vehicle is stopped.
And she and Ozawa seem made for each other. They are of one mind and body in this performance.
Oh, yeah, the other stuff on the CD is great, too.
Symphonie Espagnole / Zigeunerweisen / Thais
A solid performance2012年4月29日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
I bought this CD basically for the Massenet which is played very well but not superbly so. The Lalo is equally well performed and the much over played Sarasate, what can I say, a solid performance. Recommended...