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No violinist is more equipped to perform the music of Krzysztof Penderecki than Anne-Sophie Mutter / stereophile

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The composer dedicated his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No.2, Metamorphosen (1992–1996), to her after hearing her perform at a young age and then conducting her in Prokoviev's First Violin Concerto-Mutter subsequently recorded Metamorphosen with Penderecki conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in 1997-she has commissioned three works from him. He, in turn, dedicated each of them to her. If anyone can be said to have Penderecki's music in their blood, it is Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Which does not make any of the four works on her new two-CDs-for-the-price-of-one set from Deutsche Grammophon, Hommage à Penderecki, any easier to wrap your arms around on first hearing. Penderecki may have won five Grammy Awards for his music between 1987 and 2017, but his writing has not gotten less dissident or thorny with age. It may be tonal-some of his compositions can even be termed "post-Romantic"-but it's tough stuff that needs a tough soloist to showcase it at its best.

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