Yuko volunteered to be an aid worker in Iraq and was taken hostage there. When freed she returned to Japan, but after being home six months she is still the ongoing object of harassment from her own countrymen. A co-worker finds many angry postings on the Internet denouncing her and spreads them very vocally, causing her boss let her go. He tells her that the atmosphere at the hotel where she works as a chambermaid has changed negatively as a result.
Frank Gingeleit didn't start recording music until he was in his 40's. And boy is he making up for lost time. Lost In The Deep Blue is Frank's fourth album in less than two years, and follows in the footsteps of his previous CD's, being completely unpredictable, and decidedly fresh and exciting with each new release. Frank's debut CD, Nightmares & Escapades, explored electronic music realms that incorporated avant-garde influences. Megalopolis remains the most accessible of his releases, with much to appeal to fans of the 1970's German Kosmiche school of electronics. And Toy Island narrowed the gap between pop and avant-garde music, while anchoring itself firmly in the land of strangeness and adventure.
Anne-Sophie Mutter obviously had fun making this disc. In the quiet pieces (Massenet, Ysaÿe, Fauré) which serve as interludes, she plays with her usual exquisite taste. In the showpieces, though, she goes to town, sliding, scooping, exaggerating, & letting all the stops out. The gypsy inflection she uses in Ravel’s Tzigane & Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen is delicious. Even a ridiculous orchestral arrangement of Tartini’s Devil’s Trill Sonata is more amusing than offensive. With James Levine & the Berlin Philharmonic providing uncommonly alert & powerful support, & Deutsche Grammophon’s realistic sound, this disc is a real treat for violin lovers.