Belle of the Ball Leroy Anderson
André Previn leads the LSO and Boston Symphony Orchestra in his own violin concerto, beautifully performed by Anne-Sophie Mutter
Composer: André Previn
Repertoire: Violin Concerto
Artists: Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin); Boston Symphony Orchestra, LSO/Previn
Label: DG 474 500-2
The CD booklet is essentially a photoshoot of the happy couple, and no wonder Previn looks pleased, because his wife’s playing of his concerto is as wonderful as she looks. It’s a fine work – superbly written for Mutter, maybe a touch over-lush and jokey in the outer movements, but seriously impressive in the darker second. Bernstein’s warmly inventive Serenade, which also features, thrives on Mutter’s lustrous, gloss-free musicianship.